• Watershed-Wide Actions

    Ongoing

    • Monitor submerged aquatic vegetation throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
    • Track advancements in the scientific understanding of underwater grass biology, ecology, genetics, restoration and other related topics.
    • Encourage local, state and federal partners to manage those invasive species that are detrimental to underwater grasses.
    • Support the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team in its efforts to achieve water clarity standards in areas designated for submerged aquatic vegetation use.
    • Convene annual, in-person meetings of the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Workgroup to discuss priorities, review status updates and implement work plan actions.

    2018

    • Work with the Budget and Finance Workgroup to create a financing strategy and/or system for all aspects of the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Management Strategy and Two-Year Work Plan.
    • Develop a communications strategy to enhance public knowledge of and appreciation for underwater grasses.

    2019

    • Evaluate and enhance existing laws and regulations that protect underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay.
    • Identify available and appropriate models for selecting restoration sites.
    • Continue efforts to plant seeds or propagules and establish underwater grass beds where they are not recovering naturally or add diversity to grass beds that have already recovered. Use these restoration activities to engage and educate citizen volunteers and further our understanding of site selection criteria.
    • Develop scientifically rigorous but user-friendly protocol for citizen volunteers who monitor underwater grasses across the Chesapeake Bay.
    • Develop an online monitoring certification program.
    • Support efforts to determine the economic value of the ecosystem services underwater grasses provide.
    • Encourage local, state and federal partners to consider and promote the habitat benefits and ecosystem services of underwater grasses, especially when handling nearshore and shallow-water use conflicts.
    • Promote the use of best management practices that benefit the persistence and recovery of underwater grass beds in local efforts to prepare for Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs).
    • Support the continued improvement and evolution of the submerged aquatic vegetation component of the shallow-water component of the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Model.
    • Review and refine the documents that guide work toward this outcome with new monitoring or restoration knowledge.