After decades of effort, the voluntary, collaborative approach to restoring the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay— the largest estuary in the United States—has not worked and, in fact, is failing. A diverse group of 57 senior scientists and policymakers have joined forces to save the Bay. This is our plan.

River Report Cards

Ecocheck is a partnership program between NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program Office and the Integration and Application Network (IAN) at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). EcoCheck is located at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory, on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay. The purpose of EcoCheck is to enhance and support the science, management and restoration of Chesapeake Bay through the integration of geographically detailed assessments and forecasts. Effective management is essential for improved health of Chesapeake Bay and EcoCheck helps provide the support and knowledge needed for this effort.

Click on the river or bay region below to view its 2009 Report Card (new window will open):

Patapsco & Back Rivers: F
Paxtuxent River: D-
Potomac River: C
Rappahannock River: C
York River: D
Elizabeth River
Choptank River: D

Areas of the bay–
Lower Eastern Shore (Tangier): C
Lower Bay: C
Mid Bay: C
Upper Eastern Shore: D
Upper Bay: C+
Upper Western Shore: B-
Lower Western Shore: D-