Fourteen principles guide the Chesapeake Bay Program’s work. These principles encompass our partners’ collective values and are intended to inform the policies we develop and actions we take to achieve the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
The Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners will:
- Collaborate to achieve the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.
- Seek consensus when making decisions.
- Adaptively manage to foster continuous improvement.
- Achieve goals and outcomes in a timely way and at the least possible cost to the public.
- Operate with transparency in our decisions, policies, actions and progress reporting to strengthen public confidence in our work.
- Fairly and effectively represent the interests of people throughout the watershed, including a broad and diverse range of cultures, demographics and ages.
- Acknowledge, support and embrace local governments and other local entities in conservation and restoration activities.
- Engage the public to increase the number and diversity of people who support and carry out conservation and restoration activities.
- Promote environmental justice through the meaningful involvement and fair treatment of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin or income, in the implementation of this agreement.
- Use science-based decision-making and innovative technologies and approaches to support sound management decisions in a changing ecosystem.
- Maintain a coordinated, watershed-wide monitoring and research program to support decision-making, track progress and gauge the effectiveness of management actions.
- Use place-based approaches, where appropriate, to produce recognizable benefits in local communities while contributing to larger ecosystem goals.
- Explore using social science to better understand and measure how human behavior can drive natural resource use, management and decision-making.
- Anticipate changing environmental conditions, including long-term trends in temperature, precipitation, sea level, land use and other variables.