PSA: What does it take to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay?


What does it take to restore and protect
the Chesapeake Bay? It takes science and technology. Collecting scientific data and water samples from
across the Bay and its tributaries and then analyzing the samples here in
the lab to help monitor pollution and determine its effects. Constructing living shorelines that provide
habitat for native plants and animals and help protect human property from
storms and erosion. Using advanced sonar technology to map
the seafloor and find the best places to rebuild oyster
reefs. And putting billions a baby oysters into the bay it’s that they can reproduce, create new
habitat and help filter the water around them. Conducting population surveys to help
monitor and protect the Bay’s iconic fisheries and the underwater grasses that many
species rely on for survival. Studying environmental
impacts on fish and wildlife throughout the Chesapeake watershed and
building unprecedented partnerships to conserve a network of healthy habitat
for their benefit and ours. It takes teamwork and collaboration.
Developing new ways to visualize and share information through a connected community of scientists organizations and government agencies.
Cleaning up trash in our rivers and streams and helping connect people with their
communities and waterways. Restoring damaged streams to improve local water
quality and reducing the flow sediments and pollutants that threaten underwater life in the Bay. Creating environmentally sound solutions
for the businesses that drive our economy and conserving the natural resources we
farmers rely on to grow our crops and feed the nation. It takes action in our communities. From updating our local wastewater treatment
facilities to reduce our environmental impact to adopting green technology that
captures and holds stormwater before it can pollute our rivers and streams. Conserving forest and wetlands that filter our water, clean our and provide a wealth of benefits to the people and animals that live in the watershed. Improving public access to the Bay and local waterways and conserving headwater streams to
provide healthy habitat and clean water for fish and fishermen. It takes our
commitment success. From creating conservation jobs that put young people to work improving their neighborhoods to connecting local communities with the resources they need to heal the land and
water. Because it’s not just about restoring the Chesapeake Bay, it’s about making the entire watershed a safe and healthy place for all of us to live. Learn more by visiting Chesapeakebay.net and join us in partnership to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Comments 3

  • Excellent. Let's get this on Public Television.

  • Great visuals, clear message. Nice to see faces of colleagues/friends from years gone by!

  • After years of providing evidence that where and how we build and grow I'm severely disappointed to see that Land Use Planning is still left out of the conversation. It's not as sexy as herons, ducks, oysters, or waste water treatment plants but it does represent the only growing source of pollution in the watershed. Where and how we grow is related to but a larger issue than resource land and headwater conservation.

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