What is ChesapeakeProgress?

Volunteers plant grasses along a shoreline and a bar graph depicts progress toward a goal.

ChesapeakeProgress helps federal, public and internal oversight groups track the Chesapeake Bay Program’s progress toward the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. It is the first in a suite of products that will offer access to information about our work to restore the nation’s largest estuary.

ChesapeakeProgress includes accurate, up-to-date and accessible data and information on more than two dozen indicators of environmental health, restoration and stewardship. The role these indicators play in communicating our progress and supporting partner decision-making can be understood through a conceptual model known as the Indicators Framework. This framework illustrates the difference between those indicators that track the factors influencing our ability to make progress, those that track whether we have put our management actions in place and those that track whether we have achieved the goals and outcomes that will support our vision of a sustainable watershed.

The data and information on this site are drawn from a range of trusted sources, including government agencies, academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations and direct demographic and behavior surveys. In some cases, this data and information dates back three decades, and in others, data collection began shortly before the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement was signed.

Each of these indicators supports the partnership’s adaptive management-based decision-making process and highlights the critical work that is furthering the commitments we have made. In addition to appearing on ChesapeakeProgress, these indicators support the partnership’s annual review of environmental health and restoration known as Bay Barometer.

You can subscribe to ChesapeakeProgress Quarterly to keep track of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s progress toward our goals and outcomes. Every three months, we send our subscribers the latest news and information about our work to establish clean water, abundant life and conserved lands in support of a diverse community of citizens and stakeholders. Previous editions are available online.

Who’s Behind ChesapeakeProgress?

ChesapeakeProgress is a collaborative tool supported by Chesapeake Bay Program staff.

Core Team

The core team is responsible for the development of ChesapeakeProgress. You are welcome to contact them directly with questions or comments about this tool.

Doreen Vetter
ChesapeakeStat Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Doreen leads the ChesapeakeStat team and ensures data is used to improve our decision-making and communicate our progress.
E. Guy Stephens
Director of Web Development
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Guy directs the development of all Chesapeake Bay Program web products.

Support Team

The support team makes sure the moving parts of ChesapeakeProgress are in place to support the partnership.

Carin Bisland
Associate Director for Partnerships and Accountability
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Carin fosters collaboration and promotes the ChesapeakeStat suite of sites as a problem-solving tool.
Andy Fitch
Geospatial Systems Analyst
U.S. Geological Survey
Andy ensures our products are supported by accurate, accessible data.
William Whorton
Web Developer
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Bill develops Chesapeake Bay Program web products.
John Wolf
GIS Team Leader
U.S. Geological Survey
John specializes in data visualization and in using GIS technology to place our data on maps.
Dave Yayac
Web Designer
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Dave designs Chesapeake Bay Program web products.