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Description of Current Projects

Geospatial Support for Chesapeake Bay Program Partner Conservation and Restoration Decisions

Principal Investigator: John Wolf, U.S. Geological Survey, Eastern Geographic Science Center

The Science Issue and Relevance
The Chesapeake Bay is an impaired water body under the Clean Water Act. The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. Integrated, multi-media analysis of geographical information is being used to plan and target nutrient, sediment, and chemical contaminant reduction and prevention programs in an optimal manner, making the most effective use of limited federal, state, local and private resources.

Methodology for Addressing the Issue
The USGS supports the CBP partnership by coordinating and carrying out geographic information systems (GIS) activities. The CBP GIS Team is responsible for supporting the CBP Office of the US Environmental Protection Agency through geospatial support to the Chesapeake Bay Partnership, including the needs of Program Goal Implementation Teams and Workgroups; the Science, Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) Team; and the Management Board. Problems facing the Chesapeake Bay Partnership are addressed using the following approach:
  1. Plan, develop, and apply innovative, state-of-the-art geographic information management and analysis techniques required to address complex, multi-media environmental problems.
  2. Undertake detailed spatial data analyses and provide application and management products to support Chesapeake Bay Program commitments and initiatives. Conduct integrated, multi-media analyses to plan and target nutrient and sediment reduction in an optimal manner.
  3. Work with CBP Goal Implementation Teams, Workgroups, and the CBP Management Board to develop content and related products for the Chesapeake Bay Program website.
  4. Work with the ChesapeakeStat Project Manager to promote the use of ChesapeakeStat as a decision-support and accountability tool throughout the Partnership.


Future Steps
The CBP GIS Team will help achieve the goals and outcomes associated with the 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement. Results will be available for public use through the Chesapeake Bay Program websites like ChesapeakeStat. Specific applications will be communicated via conference presentations, posters, and other forums. Communication products will focus on the utility of science to address real world policy issues and decision making in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Key Words: Chesapeake, bay, watershed, conservation, restoration


Contact Information:
John Wolf
410-267-5739
jwolf@usgs.gov

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