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Chesapeake Bay Program: UMCES/CBP partnership

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) has a well developed partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). Environmental assessment and science communication of restoration projects is a topic in which the Integration and Application Network (IAN) has been actively involved, including in its partnership with CBP. UMCES scientists are particularly knowledgeable about watershed and estuarine processes and provide technical assistance and training opportunities for CBP activities. In addition, UMCES scientists have experience with innovative approaches in restoration ecology. UMCES uses its Annapolis Synthesis Center for much of the project management, coordination, and administration of the UMCES/CBP partnership.  Full Details  

The CBP partnership was established in 1983 with a charter to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay. Recent cost estimates to restore water quality in Chesapeake Bay are in excess of $20 billion, and the CBP is subjected to intensive and continual scrutiny. There is an opportunity to have national and international impact through dissemination of results. Chesapeake Bay is considered the ‘model’ ecosystem restoration program in the world, and thus needs to have the necessary science underpinnings to showcase the application of an adaptive management approach using science-based ecosystem management.

UMCES is uniquely positioned to deal with issues on a holistic watershed basis and therefore is ideally suited to support the CBP by interacting with and supporting locally-led efforts within the watersheds to focus regional and state efforts. It is essential that the restoration efforts be carefully targeted and well coordinated to explicitly solve the current environmental challenges facing Chesapeake Bay. UMCES, and in particular the IAN initiative, is striving to forge linkages between management, monitoring, and research within the Chesapeake Bay region through promoting interactions between technical resources within the scientific community and the needs of the management community. Some of the IAN activities that have been initiated include the following: the newsletter series, which cogently takes complex scientific knowledge and distills it into information useful to the management community; conferences relevant to specific issues (such as the Hurricane Isabel in Perspective conference); and an Annapolis seminar series which aims to actively link researchers and managers by accessing expertise on a wide range of relevant watershed and Bay issues.

UMCES also works in partnership with the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, and these collaborative efforts are increasingly linking these institutions with the specific aim of maximizing overall resources and establishing more effective results. The EcoCheck program, a NOAA/UMCES partnership based in Oxford is an example, and this partnerships links through the Tidal Monitoring Assessment Workgroup (TMAW) to assisting CBP in the redesign of the monitoring framework and indicators within Chesapeake Bay.


Start: 30th June, 2007
Finish: 31st December, 2023
Duration: 16 year(s), 6 month(s), 8 day(s)

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Bay Barometer Notes Measured Progress in Health of Chesapeake Bay

Bay 'Barometer' shows restoration progress, but forest buffers, wetlands lag

Chasing gulls chasing the Chesapeake Bay anchovy

In praise of a small, almost translucent fish vital to the Chesapeake's health

EPA Announces National Wastewater Nutrient Pollution Census

Back and Patapsco Rivers least healthy in state, expert says

Chesapeake Bay water quality improving with drop in nutrient, sediment pollution

Sustainable farming for business and the Bay

NASA eyes Choptank watershed in Bay water quality report

Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone Second Smallest on Record for Late June

Pod Of Dolphins Spotted Swimming In Anne Arundel County

Chesapeake Bay oxygen levels rise to second-highest since 1985

Dissolved oxygen in Bay 2nd best since 1985

Bay 'dead zone' was second smallest on record for late June

Passing health grade still out of reach for Anacostia River

Experts: Chesapeake Bay's 'Dead Zone' Will Be Smaller This Year

York County Tour Looks at Family's Conservation Efforts

Bernie's feet lead the way in another Patuxent River wade-in

Budget, Bay Reboot, Economic Development Top Pa. Ag Agenda

Grades going up

Farmers play valuable role in water quality progress

County urges state to pay to clean up streams

Editorial: Good news, bad news

Report card: Overall Chesapeake Bay health improved last year

Ches. Bay earns a 'C' for 2015

Change in Direction for the Chesapeake After a Long Downward Slide

Report card: Bay's health improved last year


Our say: Report card brings good news on the bay

University Report Finds Chesapeake Bay Health Improved in 2015

After 10 months of nurturing, volunteer oyster gardeners cut 'youngsters' loose

Bay gets 'C' on report card

Chesapeake Bay gets 'C' on report card

How Pennsylvania Farmers Can Help the Chesapeake Bay Raise Its "C" Grade

New study shows Chesapeake Bay health really is improving

Hope for the Chesapeake Bay

Health of Chesapeake Bay Improves

8 things you need to know this morning

Chesapeake Bay Earns Healthy 'C' Grade from Scientists


Report: Chesapeake Bay at healthiest level in years

Chesapeake Bay health improved last year, report says

Report card: Chesapeake Bay 'C' grade is one of the highest since 1986

Broad gains in Bay health seen in 2015

Scientists give Chesapeake Bay its highest environmental grade since 1992

Scientists: Chesapeake Bay health improved in 2015

Scientists are feeling good about a 'C' grade for Chesapeake Bay

Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improved Last Year

Chesapeake Bay Report Card Shows Improvements

Report: Chesapeake Bay health improved last year

Chesapeake Bay health improves in 2015

Report: Chesapeake Bay health improved last year

Report: Chesapeake Bay health improved last year

New web site aims to help public track Bay restoration

Chesapeake Bay health improves, Center for Environmental Science says

Eat less chicken: Poultry expansion opponents hold forum

Riverkeepers point to ag as main Bay pollution source

UMCES: Bay sees slight overall health boost

UMCES: Bay sees slight overall health boost

MDE hosts 4th annual Smart, Green & Growing Clean Water Innovations Trade Show

Scientist: Chesapeake Bay efforts working but challenges lurking

Fowler's 'Sneaker Index' measured with new shoes: 27th wade-in marks Patuxent clarity at 23 inches

Governor O'Malley signs bills to prepare for impacts of extreme weather

University of Maryland Study Examines Effective Chesapeake Bay Management Practices

Local actions leading to better water quality in some watersheds: Wastewater upgrades, reduced air pollution, animal fencing achieving the greatest results.

Report Shows Some Improvements in Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Report Shows Some Improvements in Bay Restoration

Report shows local water quality efforts work

Report Shows Some Improvements in Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Report: Bay cleanup shows promise; more work and monitoring ahead

Report shows local water quality efforts work

On the Chesapeake Bay cleanup, agribusiness tries to muddy the waters

Greater than normal oxygen-starved waters predicted for summer

Elizabeth River rises from the depths Dedicated group is slowly bringing one of nation's most polluted rivers back to life

Scientists predict large Bay 'dead zone' this summer

Average isn't always normal when it come to yearly flows to Bay: Timing is everything when it comes to freshwater surges into Chesapeake Bay

No evidence of "dead zone" in bay

Bay's 'dead zone' better

Chesapeake Bay news is a breath of fresh air: The water's oxygen shortage diminished in August despite heavy June rains, scientists say.

High oxygen found in Rappahannock: Scientists think river's levels will drop again because of pollution


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Dave Nemazie Integration and Application Network Dave Nemazie Associate Vice President for External Affairs Dave Nemazie Photo work(410) 221-2006 University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
PO Box 775
/ 2020 Horns Point Rd
Cambridge MD 21613 USA