Chesapeake Bay Activities


The Chesapeake Bay is our Nation’s largest estuary and provides over $100 billion in annual economic value. The USGS works with Federal, State, local, and academic partners to provide research and monitoring and to communicate results to inform management for the Chesapeake and other important landscapes across the Nation. See our Science page to learn about our themes and topics being addressed.



In the Chesapeake Bay area, the VA and WV Water Science Center is partnering with over a dozen organizations in a pilot project this fall, resulting in the establishment of a baseline reference for an ongoing effort in monitoring coastal subsidence

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“Who Done it”?

“Who Done it”?

Environmental DNA (eDNA) for Determining Fecal Contamination Source

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Learn more about USGS science activities in the Bay from our Science Strategy. Additional summaries of the USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities are available in the science topics section.

Science Features, Summaries, and Videos

USGS Chesapeake Bay Science Fact Sheet

Science activities

Chesapeake Bay Activities Bibliography

Freshwater Flow into Chesapeake Bay

Poster map of the Chesapeake Watershed


Date published: October 3, 2019

September Hypoxia Report

Maryland Department of Natural Resources — October 3, 2019

Date published: September 27, 2019

A drought is rapidly developing across Maryland, stressing farmers at harvest time

Baltimore Sun — by Scott Dance — September 27, 2019

Date published: September 27, 2019

Groups work to stop brook trout from being the fish that got away

Bay Journal — by Ad Crable — September 27, 2019


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The effects of restored hydrologic connectivity on floodplain trapping vs. release of phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment along the Pocomoke River, Maryland USA

River channelization and artificial levees have decreased the hydrologic connectivity of river-floodplain systems around the world. In response, restoration through enhancing connectivity has been advocated to improve the functions of floodplains, but uncertain benefits and the possibility of phosphate release from re-flooded soils has limited...

Noe, Gregory B.; Boomer, Kathy; Gillespie, Jaimie; Hupp, Cliff R.; Martin-Alciati, Mario; Floro, Kelly; Schenk, Edward R.; Jacobs, Amy K.; Strano, Steve

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Individual behaviour and resource use of thermally stressed brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis portend the conservation potential of thermal refugia

Individual aggression and thermal refuge use were monitored in brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis in a controlled laboratory to determine how fish size and personality influence time spent in forage and thermal habitat patches during periods of thermal stress. On average, larger and more exploratory fish initiated more aggressive...

White, Shannon L.; Kline, B.C.; Hitt, Nathaniel; Wagner, Tyler

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Typha (cattail) invasion in North American wetlands: Biology, regional problems, impacts, ecosystem services, and management

Typha is an iconic wetland plant found worldwide. Hybridization and anthropogenic disturbances have resulted in large increases in Typha abundance in wetland ecosystems throughout North America at a cost to native floral and faunal biodiversity. As demonstrated by three regional case studies, Typha is capable of rapidly colonizing habitats and...

Bansal, Sheel; Lishawa, Shane; Newman, Sue; Tangen, Brian A.; Wilcox, Douglas A.; Albert, Dennis; Anteau, Michael J.; Chimney, Michael J; Cressey, Ryann L.; DeKeyser, Edward S.; Elgersam, Kenneth J; Finkelstein, Sarah A; Freeland, Joanna; Grosshans, Richard; Klug, Page E.; Larkin, Daniel J; Lawrence, Beth A; Linz, George; Marburger, Joy; Noe, Gregory B.; Otto, Clint R. V.; Reo, Nicholas; Richards, Jennifer; Richardson, Curtis J.; Rodgers, LeRoy; Shrank, Amy J; Svedarsky, Dan; Travis, Steven E.; Tuchman, Nancy; van der Valk, Arnold; Windham-Myers, Lisamarie