Chesapeake Progress

Helping federal, public and internal oversight groups track the Chesapeake Bay Program's progress toward the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

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Our Commitment

The Chesapeake Bay Program is committed to tracking our progress toward the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The accurate, up-to-date and accessible information found here helps oversight groups hold us accountable for our work. We envision abundant life, clean water, conserved lands and a diverse range of citizens and stakeholders who will steward an environmentally and economically sustainable watershed.

Our Latest Progress

Recently released data
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Blue Crab Population Remains Sustainable

Despite the population of female blue crabs decreasing 12.5%, it is still well above the threshold for sustainability.

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Forest Buffer Plantings Steadily Increase

In 2023, more miles of new forest buffers were planted than any year since 2016. The plantings reached 71.2% of the annual goal, which was only met in 2002.

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Most Tree Planting Since Tracking Began

The 2,577.4 aces of trees planted in 2023 is the highest reported since tracking via the National Environmental Information Exchange Network began in 2014.

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Outcome Status Updates

The recent progress and attainability outlook for these outcomes were prepared for the June 2024 Quarterly Progress Meeting.

The recent progress and long-term outlook status for each Outcome as well as when each status was last updated, grouped by Goal.
Vital Habitats
Forest Buffers Outcome
Recent progress increase. Updated June 2024
Outlook offCourse. Updated June 2024
Tree Canopy Outcome
Recent progress increase. Updated June 2024
Outlook offCourse. Updated June 2024

Our Funding

$536 million was invested by federal agencies for environmental restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in fiscal 2022. Learn more about our funding