“On June 16, 2014, the Chesapeake Executive Council signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement 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.

The agreement named adaptive management as a core principle. Adaptive management is a process that supports making decisions in the face of uncertainty, reducing uncertainty over time and responding to changes. The Chesapeake Bay Program applies this process through the Strategy Review System, the documentation for which can be found on ChesapeakeDecisions.”

Read the full Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement (pdf).

 (Source: "Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement," Chesapeake Bay Program website, September 17, 2019)