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|It's All About the Bay!
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is:
* the largest estuary in North America and the third largest in the world
*supports more than 17 million people who live, work, and play within the watershed
*is 64,000 square miles
*has 11,684 miles of shoreline, including tidal wetlands and islands
*contains more than 100,000 rivers and streams
*has a 14:1 land-to-water ratio
*helps filter and protect the drinking water of 75% of Bay watershed residents through its forests and trees.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Congress funded scientific and estuarine research of the Chesapeake Bay, which pinpointed three areas that required immediate attention:
* toxic pollution
*dwindling underwater bay grasses
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes parts of the following states:
and all of Washington, DC
More than 100,000 streams, creeks and rivers thread through the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The Chesapeake Bay Program is the regional partnership that directs and conducts the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay in the United States. As a partnership, the Chesapeake Bay Program brings together members of various state, federal, academic and local watershed organizations to build and adopt policies that support Chesapeake Bay restoration. By combining the resources and unique strengths of each individual organization, the Chesapeake Bay Program is able to follow a unified plan for restoration.
To view recent Chesapeake Bay report card, click here.