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Chesapeake Bay Program notes increase in wetlands across the watershed

Experts from the Chesapeake Bay Program report that between 2014 and 2022, the Chesapeake Bay watershed gained 4,310 acres of newly created or restored wetlands. This is a slight increase (5.1%) of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement outcome to create or reestablish 85,000 acres of tidal and non-tidal wetlands, primarily on agricultural or natural landscapes. This figure includes 616 acres of wetlands on agricultural lands.

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Two American black ducks paddle through a clump of brown marsh grasses growing out of blue water in wintertime.

The 2023 Chesapeake Bay dead zone is the smallest on record

This year, the Chesapeake Bay’s summer “dead zone” was the smallest it’s been since monitoring began in 1985, according to data released by the Chesapeake Bay Program’s monitoring partners: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Old Dominion University and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

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Chesapeake Executive Council Celebrates 40 Years of Bay Partnership

Maryland Governor Wes Moore was elected chair by members of the Chesapeake Executive Council today when they gathered at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. for their annual meeting. Governor Moore takes over leadership of the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program partnership from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, who has led the Council for the past two years.

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A photo of Wes Moore receiving the gavel from Janet McCabe during the Chesapeake Executive Council Meeting

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