2020 Chesapeake Bay Report Card

The Cheapeake Bay itself received a moderate score (C), a slight increase from 2019. The Chesapeake Watershed was scored separately, including several new socioeconomic indicators, and received a good score (B-). The new socio-economic indicators attempt to address the question of equity in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. As part of this effort, a MEES course started work on developing a Chesapeake Environmental Justice Index framework. Environmental justice requires providing fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the environment.