Partnership

The Chesapeake Bay Program is a regional partnership that works across state lines to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. We bring government agencies, academic institutions and watershed organizations together to create a healthy watershed.

Who We Are

The Chesapeake Bay Program engages partners from across the watershed. We are led by the Chesapeake Executive Council, whose members include the governors of the six Bay states, the mayor of the District of Columbia, the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We are advised by citizens, scientists and local officials. And we work with government agencies, academic institutions and watershed organizations.

How We’re Organized

Chesapeake Bay Program staff are organized into Goal Implementation Teams, which put the strategies in place to accomplish the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. These goal teams are further organized into action teams, committees and workgroups, and are guided by the Management Board. The Management Board is guided by the Principals’ Staff Committee, whose members act as policy advisors to the Chesapeake Executive Council. To learn more, click on the boxes in the organizational chart below.

Goal Implementation Teams

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  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Vital Habitats
  • Water Quality
  • Healthy Watersheds
  • Stewardship
  • Partnering & Leadership

Scientific, Technical Assessment & Reporting

Communications Workgroup

Advisory Committees

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  • Citizen's Advisory Committee
  • Local Government Advisory Committee
  • Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee

Management Board

Principals' Staff Committee

Chesapeake Executive Council

How We Work

The Chesapeake Bay Program uses a structured, iterative decision-making process known as adaptive management to accomplish its work. This process was adopted by the Principals’ Staff Committee in 2011 and named a core principle of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in 2014. It allows us to make decisions in the face of uncertainty and to reduce this uncertainty over time. In following this decision framework, we learn while doing: we take action, monitor results, assess our progress and adjust our efforts as needed.

The Chesapeake Bay Program implements adaptive management on a partnership-wide scale through a two-year process known as the Biennial Strategy Review System. During this process, the partnership reviews its progress toward the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement; identifies the management approaches and actions that are or are not working; considers the scientific, fiscal and policy developments that could affect future progress; and adjusts its Management Strategies and Two-Year Work Plans as needed.

The Biennial Strategy Review System begins with a Two-Day Biennial Review Meeting that provides a broad review of where and why the partnership has and has not made progress toward its goals. Issues identified here inform subsequent and more detailed Quarterly Progress Meetings, during which progress toward individual outcomes is reviewed and discussed.

The first phase of ChesapeakeDecisions will offer support to the Biennial Strategy Review System. More information about the Biennial Strategy Review System is available on the Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team webpage.

The framework below outlines the steps we must take to put adaptive management in place.

Contact Us

Our staff welcome your questions and comments. To offer feedback about ChesapeakeStat, send us a message. To reach out to a Goal Implementation Team, click on the appropriate box in the organizational chart above. To find a specific person, visit or search our staff directory or call us at 800-YOUR-BAY (800-968-7229).