USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025

Fact Sheet 2021-3037
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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. Despite significant CBP accomplishments, the pressures of climate change and competing demands on land use and change require an acceleration of progress towards the 10 goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. USGS Chesapeake studies are increasing efforts to provide integrated science and are engaging stakeholders to inform the multi-faceted restoration and conservation decisions to improve habitat for fish and waterfowl, and socio-economic benefits to the 18 million people living in the watershed.

Suggested Citation

Hyer, K., and Phillips, S., 2021, USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3037, 6 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Theme 1: Provide science for environmental management of stream health, fish habitat, and water quality
  • Theme 2: Assess the risks to coastal habitats and migratory waterbirds
  • Theme 3: Enhance landscape data and forecasting to inform watershed management
  • Theme 4: Integrate science and inform stakeholders
  • Selected references
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy 2021-2025
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2021-3037
DOI 10.3133/fs20213037
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) North Atlantic-Appalachian Regional Director's Office
Description 6 p.
Country United States
State Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Other Geospatial Chesapeake Bay watershed
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
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