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Circular 1316

Synthesis of U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and Implications for Environmental Management

Scott W. Phillips, Editor

Chapters written by:  Scott W. Ator, Vicki S. Blazer, John W. Brakebill, Donald R. Cahoon, Peter R. Claggett, Thomas M. Cronin, Judith M. Denver, Christine L. Densmore, Allen C. Gellis, Cliff R. Hupp, Jurate M. Landwehr, Michael J. Langland, Christopher A. Ottinger, Milan J. Pavich, Matthew C. Perry, Scott W. Phillips, Stephen D. Preston, Jeff P. Raffensperger, Barnett A. Rattner, Nancy B. Rybicki, and Debra A. Willard

Circular 1316 Cover graphic and link to PDF version of the report


The purpose of this report is to present a synthesis of the USGS Chesapeake Bay science related to the 200106 goals and provide implications for environmental management. The report provides USGS findings that address the science needs of the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) restoration goals and includes summaries of

1. land-use change;
2. water quality in the watershed, including nutrients, sediment, and contaminants;
3. long-term changes in climate and estuarine water quality;
4. estuary habitats, focusing on submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) and tidal wetlands; and
5. factors affecting fish and waterbird populations.

For more information concerning the report, please contact the author.

Information about USGS programs and projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed can be found on the USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities site.

The report is available in:

   PDF (19.5 MB, 72 pages)
   Or ordered through the USGS Information Services, Box 25286, Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225-0046
   Telephone: 1-888-ASK-USGS, Email:

Suggested citation:
Phillips, S.W. ed., 2007, Synthesis of U.S. Geological Survey Science for the Chesapeake Ecosystem and Implications for Environmental Management: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1316, 63 p.

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