In this topic you will learn
What is the Chesapeake Bay Program and how did it begin?
What governs watershed protection and restoration efforts?
How does clean water benefit my community, and what is our role in watershed protection?
One of the goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement focuses on environmental literacy. This goal includes outcomes for students, schools and jurisdictions, including increasing the number of sustainable schools and the number of districts offering all students a comprehensive and systemic approach to environmental literacy.
The tourism industry loses about $1 billion each year because of nutrient pollution and harmful algae blooms.
Public Health and Safety
The 1972 Clean Water Act helps prevent pollution, assist publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities and secure fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for all.
Infrastructure Maintenance and Finance
Clean water protections require investments in water infrastructure. Significant funding is available to help offset costs for local governments.
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Wetland Restoration Benefits Community Gathering Place
Choptank River Park was a community gathering place that became derelict due to flooding. But with the construction of a wetland that filters stormwater runoff before it enters the Choptank River, the community gained a place to gather, relax and exercise. The park now hosts soccer games, picnics, community concerts and an annual kids' fishing derby.
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Learn from Chesapeake Bay Program staff and Chesapeake watershed residents about the partnership’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and the lands and rivers that feed into it.
Learn about the Chesapeake Bay Program’s computer modeling tools.
Hear agency administrators throughout history discuss their time at the helm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.