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
A hydrologic technician taking samples from a stream to monitor water quality

Water Quality Shows Mixed Results

An estimated 29.6% of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries met water quality standards during the 2018-2020 assessment period.

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blue crabs

Blue Crab Stock at Sustainable Levels

In 2022, an estimated 97 million adult female blue crabs were found in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Outcome Status Updates

The recent progress and attainability outlook for these outcomes was prepared for the November 2022 biennial review.

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
Black Duck Outcome
Recent progress increase. Updated November 2022
Outlook uncertain. Updated November 2022
Wetlands Outcome
Recent progress increase. Updated November 2022
Outlook offCourse. Updated November 2022
Climate Resiliency
Climate Adaptation Outcome
Recent progress increase. Updated November 2022
Outlook uncertain. Updated November 2022
Climate Monitoring and Assessment Outcome
Recent progress increase. Updated November 2022
Outlook onCourse. Updated November 2022

Our Funding

$535 million was invested by federal agencies for environmental restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in fiscal 2021. Learn more about our funding