Recent Progress: No Change
While currently progress toward achieving the outcome cannot be measured, significant progress has been made in the last few years, including the creation of the methodology for a baseline survey. Additionally, existing educational opportunities have been evaluated, stakeholder interviews conducted and recommendations developed for engaging with local leaders. These efforts led to the development of tailored educational materials and ongoing engagement with local government trusted sources. Between 2018 and 2020, an estimated 1,500 local government elected officials and staff covering all six watershed states and the District of Columbia have been reached increasing their understanding of Bay restoration and protection issues.
However, before the Chesapeake Bay Program can report progress, 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 the future.
Until data become available, it is uncertain if the Local Leadership Outcome will be met.
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.
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 February of 2021. It will be reviewed and discussed by the Management Board again in February 2023.
Logic & Action Plan
Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking a series of specific actions that will support the management approaches listed above.
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