About the Chesapeake Bay report card

The Integration & Application Network would like to recognize the indigenous native peoples who first lived in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The land and waters of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed were inhabited by numerous indigenous groups whose land was stolen from them. We cannot make amends for the injustices done to these peoples, but we appreciate that they were the original caretakers of the Chesapeake. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed includes historic lands settled by the Accomack, Arrohatec, Chesoenhaka (Nottoway), Chesapeake, Cuttatawomen, Doeg, Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee), Kecoughtan, Kiskiack, Lənape Haki-nk (Lenni-Lenape), Lumbee, Manahoac, Massawomeck, Monacan, Nacotchtank (Anacostan), Nandtaughtacund, Nansemond, Nentego (Nanticoke), Occohannock, Onawmanient, Onöndowa'ga:' (Seneca), Pamunkey, Patawomeck, Piscataway, Pissaseck, Pocomoke, Powhatan, Quiyoughcohannock, Rappahannock, Sekakawon, Susguehannock, Warrakoyack, and Youghtanund.

Report card produced by the Integration & Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Special thanks to Council Fire for assisting in developing our new economic indicators and to Jane Hawkey for the report card design and layout.

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. The data and methods underpinning this report card represent the collective effort of many individuals and organizations working in the Chesapeake Bay scientific and management community. Funding was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The following organizations contributed to the report card: Chesapeake Bay Commission, Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, Groundwork USA, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Sea Grant, Morgan State University, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Old Dominion University, OpinionWorks, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania State Extension, Smithsonian Institution, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Trust for Public Land, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Versar Incorporated, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Publicly available data used for the watershed indicators are from: the U.S. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Chesapeake Bay Program Data hub, EPA Water Quality Data (WQX), and the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC).

The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.

 

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