Progress

Before the Chesapeake Bay Program can increase the knowledge and capacity of local elected officials to protect the Chesapeake Bay, the partnership must determine how many local governments are participating in restoration activities and what their local elected officials know about the watershed. To this end, a survey of the baseline level of knowledge of local elected officials will be administered in 2019.

The Local Leadership Workgroup is also working to identify trusted sources who can share information with local elected officials that will help them become leaders in watershed restoration. The workgroup is exploring the development of a peer-to-peer information-sharing network, and is considering conducting tours that will teach local elected officials about watershed restoration and coordinating the development of a local elected official watershed education program.

Local elected 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 was reviewed and discussed by the Management Board in November of 2018.

Logic & Action 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:

  • University of Delaware (The State of Delaware)
  • Frederick County (The State of Maryland)
  • Prince George’s County (The State of Maryland)
  • University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (The State of Maryland)
  • University of Maryland Harry Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology (The State of Maryland)
  • University of Maryland National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education (The State of Maryland)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia
  • The State of West Virginia
  • The Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Local Government Advisory Committee
  • Chesapeake Stormwater Network
  • Essex County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors
  • Maryland Association of Counties
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Pennsylvania Association of Township Supervisors
  • Rappahannock-Rapidan (Virginia) Regional Commission
  • Virginia Association of Counties
  • Virginia Conservation Network
  • Virginia Municipal League
  • York County (Pennsylvania) Planning Commission