• Progress

    Work is underway to develop a methodology and metrics for characterizing the rate of farmland, forest and wetland conversion; measuring the extent and rate of change in impervious surface coverage; and quantifying the potential impacts of land conversion on water quality, healthy watersheds and communities. This work will be based on changes to the landscape observed between 2005 and 2015. It will be updated every two to five years and serve as the source of information for a public awareness campaign.

    Forests, farms and wetlands provide valuable ecosystem services. These landscapes produce food, improve water quality and wildlife habitat, and give us opportunities to have fun in the natural world. Monitoring the conversion of these natural and working landscapes is critical to minimizing the extent and mitigating the effects of the conversion process.

  • Management Strategy

    To achieve the land use methods and metrics development outcome, participating partners have committed to:

    • Monitoring the conversion of farmland, forests and wetlands every two to five years;
    • Assessing the rate of impervious surface change every two to five years; and
    • Quantifying the impacts of land conversion on water quality, healthy watersheds and communities.
    • Communicating results to the public, elected officials and Chesapeake Bay Program partners.

    These partners will also collaborate with the work being done to achieve the forest buffer, healthy watersheds, land use options evaluation, protected lands, public access, stream health, tree canopy, water quality standards attainment and monitoring, and wetlands outcomes.

    Assessing progress toward the outcome will occur quarterly. Once metrics and impact measures are approved, they will be reassessed with the receipt of updated land cover information every three to five years.

    As part of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s partnership-wide implementation of adaptive management, progress toward this outcome will be reviewed and discussed by the Management Board in November of 2017.

  • Work Plan
    Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking specific actions over the course of 2016 and 2017 to achieve the high-level approaches identified in the management strategy above.
  • Participating Partners

    The Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team leads the effort to achieve this outcome. It works in partnership with the Vital Habitats, Water Quality and Fostering Stewardship goal implementation teams, as well as the Local Government Advisory Committee.

    Participating partners include:

    • Maryland Department of the Environment (State of Maryland)
    • Maryland Department of Planning (State of Maryland)
    • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
    • The Chesapeake Bay Commission
    • Eastern Geographic Science Center and National Geospatial Program (U.S. Geological Survey)
    • The Chesapeake Conservancy