The baseline for this outcome has not been determined, as the outcome measure has not been developed.

Local officials have diverse experiences, values and agendas, and the communities they serve range in resource capacity. Increasing officials’ knowledge about the Chesapeake Bay and drawing clear links between watershed health and local priorities will engage those officials who haven’t yet committed to our restoration work. Creating and nurturing a culture of excellence among these officials will showcase their work and provide easy access to models that officials can adapt and replicate in their own communities.

Management Strategy

To achieve this outcome, Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to:

  • Developing, enhancing and expanding training and leadership programs for local officials;
  • Increasing peer-to-peer knowledge transfer among local officials;
  • Improving the transfer of knowledge to local officials; and
  • Identifying and improving key knowledge and information sources for local officials.

Monitoring and assessing progress toward the outcome will occur through social network diagrams, surveying instruments and existing research that measures local knowledge bases.

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 2018.

Work Plan

Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking a series of specific actions that will support the management approaches listed above.

Participating Partners

The Enhancing Partnering, Leadership and Management Goal Implementation Team leads the effort to achieve this outcome. It works in partnership with the Fostering Stewardship Goal Implementation Team.

Participating partners include:

  • The State of Delaware
  • The State of Maryland
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia
  • The State of West Virginia
  • The District of Columbia
  • The Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service