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USGS Chesapeake Accomplishments and Highlights for 2023

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) works with Federal, State, and academic science partners to conduct monitoring and research in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, the Nation’s largest estuary. The USGS interacts through the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership to apply science to inform restoration and conservation decisions.

The USGS Chesapeake Science Strategy for 2021-25 has four themes:

  • Theme 1: Develop an integrated understanding of the factors affecting stream health, fish habitat, and aquatic conditions.

  • Theme 2: Assess the risks to coastal habitat and migratory waterbirds.

  • Theme 3: Characterize land use to assess the vulnerability and resiliency of habitats and healthy watersheds.  

  • Theme 4: Integrate science and inform decision making.  

USGS Chesapeake studies are supported by multiple USGS Mission Areas (Ecosystems, Water, Core Science Systems, and Hazards) and Programs, collectively providing about $17.5M for monitoring and studies in Fiscal Year 2023. The integrated, multi-disciplinary projects and monitoring are carried out by scientists in numerous USGS Science Centers. USGS Chesapeake scientists also collaborate with and inform work in other critical ecosystems across the country.


Accomplishments and Highlights for 2023

The accomplishments for 2023 reflect selected projects and peer-reviewed results that are published in journals and USGS reports.  While these publications provide the methods and results, the USGS invests in translating and communicating the findings of Chesapeake studies to be more effectively used by stakeholders to inform critical management decisions. Most of the highlights and accomplishments below link directly to science summaries and press releases used to translate and communicate the USGS Chesapeake publications to partners and stakeholders. 


Fish Populations, Health, and Habitats


Streams and Environmental Change


Nutrients, Sediment, and Flow


Factors Affecting Water Quality


Coastal Habitats


Characterize Land Use and Change


Integrate Science and Engage Partners


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