Publications about Chesapeake Bay

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Agricultural best management practices can improve water quality and conditions for fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Page 1)

Agricultural best management practices can improve water quality and conditions for fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Bill Dennison, Lili Badri ·
3 January 2023

This publication serves as a summary of Gordon et al. (2022) and was prepared in collaboration between the USGS and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Integration and Application Network. The summary touches on key findings of the study along with management implications and applications. Please feel free to download the summary here or check it out on the USGS website:

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Enhanced understanding of factors affecting stream condition  can improve restoration outcomes (Page 1)

Enhanced understanding of factors affecting stream condition can improve restoration outcomes

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Bill Dennison, Lili Badri ·
14 November 2022

This publication serves as a summary of Fanelli et al. (2022) and was prepared in collaboration between the USGS and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Integration and Application Network. The summary touches on key findings of the study along with management, monitoring, and reseach applications. Please feel free to download the summary here or check it out on the USGS website:

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Chesapeake Bay and Watershed 2021 Report Card (Page 1)

2021 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Report Card

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Sky Swanson, Annie Carew, Joe Edgerton, Heath Kelsey, Lili Badri, Lorena Villanueva-Almanza ·
6 June 2022

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed. Since 2016, UMCES has engaged stakeholders throughout the watershed to transform the report card into an evaluation of the Chesapeake Watershed health. Watershed health includes traditional ecological indicators, but also economic and societal indicators. This is the third year the watershed has been scored, and four new economic indicators have been added.

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USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025 (Page 1)

USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025

Hyer, K., Phillips, S. ·
2 July 2021

The Chesapeake Bay ecosystem is a national treasure that provides almost $100 billion annually of goods and services. The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP), is one of the largest federal-state restoration partnerships in the United States and is underpinned by rigorous science. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a pivotal role as a science provider for assessing ecosystem condition and response in the Chesapeake watershed.

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Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card 2020 (Page 1)

Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card 2020

Alexandra Fries, Sky Swanson, Caroline Donovan, Annie Carew, Joe Edgerton, Heath Kelsey ·
22 June 2021

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. Since 2016, UMCES has engaged stakeholders throughout the watershed to transform the report card into an evaluation of the Chesapeake Watershed health. Watershed health includes traditional ecosystem indicators, but also social, economic, and cultural indicators. This is the second year the watershed has been scored, and four new indicators have been added.

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2020 Chesapeake Bay Report Card Economic Indicator Two-Pager (Page 1)

Local economy indicators coming next year

Michael Shuman, George Chmael ·
22 June 2021

This newsletter highlights synthesis outcomes from the Fall 2020 Economic Indicators workshop. Five new economic indicators were generated that will eventually be incorporated into future iterations of the Chesapeake Bay Report Card.

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Nutrient Trends and Drivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Page 1)

Nutrient Trends and Drivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Hyer, K..E., Phillips, S.W., Ator, S.W., Moyer, D.L., Webber, J.S., Felver, R., Keisman, J.L., McDonnell, L. A., Murphy, R., Trentacoste, E. M., Zhang, Q., Dennison, W.C., Swanson, S., Walsh, B., Hawkey, J., Taillie, D., ·
26 January 2021

The Chesapeake Bay Program maintains an extensive nontidal monitoring network, measuring nitrogen and phosphorus (nutrients) at more than 100 locations on rivers and streams in the watershed. Data from these locations are used by USGS to assess the ecosystem’s response to nutrient-reduction efforts.

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