Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

"Since the Chesapeake Bay Program's foundation in 1983, its partners have used written agreements to guide the restoration of the nation's largest estuary and its watershed. Setting goals and tracking progress holds partners accountable for their work, while developing new agreements over time ensures our goals are aligned with the best available science to attain restoration success.

In 2009, it became clear that we needed a new agreement that would accelerate the pace of restoration and align federal directives with state and local goals to create a healthy Bay. Bay Program partners gathered input from citizens, stakeholders, academic institutions, local governments and more to draft an inclusive, goal-oriented document that would address current and emerging environmental concerns.

On June 16, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was signed. Signatories include representatives from the entire watershed, committing for the first time the Bay's headwater states to full partnership in the Bay Program. This plan for collaboration across the Bay's political boundaries establishes goals and outcomes for the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands that surround them.

In a letter, partners promised to openly and publicly engage watershed citizens in implementing these goals and outcomes. Partners have also identified the management strategies they plan to participate in." (Source: "Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement," Chesapeake Bay Program website, May 1, 2015)

For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, visit the Chesapeake Bay Program's (CBP) website:

Management Strategies

Following adoption of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in June 2014, the CBP's Goal Implementation Teams developed management strategies for the outcomes that support the Agreement's goals. These strategies explain how the outcomes are to be accomplished and associated monitoring, assessing, and reporting progress. The adoption of these strategies may vary by signature, and the implementation will take place in two-year periods. (Source: modified from "Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement", Chesapeake Bay Program website, May 1, 2015)

These management strategies offer insight into the Bay Program partners' proposals for reaching each outcome by 2025, as well as how we will monitor, assess and report progress toward abundant life, clean waters, engaged communities, conserved lands and climate change resilience. The strategies provide broad, overarching direction and will be further supported by two-year work plans summarizing the specific commitments, short-term actions and resources required for success.(Source: "Management Strategies Dashboard", Chesapeake Bay Program website, May 1, 2015)

For more information on the Management Strategies, visit the Chesapeake Bay Program's (CBP) website: