The Chesapeake Bay Program is seeking public input on plans to achieve the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. These twenty-five draft management strategies address the thirty-one outcomes of the Watershed Agreement and outline plans for the implementation, monitoring, and assessment of work toward the protection and restoration of the Bay and its watershed.
Drafts of the management strategies are available online. The Bay Program welcomes comments on these drafts through April 30, 2015. Interested parties can review the management strategies and submit comments on the Bay Program’s Management Strategy Dashboard website.
In June 2014, representatives from the six watershed states, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed the landmark Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. This agreement marks the first time representatives from every jurisdiction in the watershed committed to full partnership in the Bay Program and collaborative restoration efforts.
Since the signing of the Watershed Agreement in June 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Program partners have been crafting "management strategies" that describe the steps necessary to achieve the outcomes identified in the Agreement. The strategies are organized into the following categories that mirror the 10 goals identified in the Agreement: abundant life, clean waters, engaged communities, conserved lands, and climate change resilience. The strategies will be further supported by two-year work plans summarizing the specific commitments, short-term actions and resources required for success.