Chesapeake Progress

Helping federal, public and internal oversight groups track the Chesapeake Bay Program's progress toward the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.

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Our Commitment

The Chesapeake Bay Program is committed to tracking our progress toward the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The accurate, up-to-date and accessible information found here helps oversight groups hold us accountable for our work. We envision abundant life, clean water, conserved lands and a diverse range of citizens and stakeholders who will steward an environmentally and economically sustainable watershed.

Our Latest Progress

Recently released data
Students planting native bur-reed seedlings in Annapolis, Md.

14% of Schools Are Certified Sustainable

In 2021, 14% of public and charter schools in the Chesapeake Bay watershed—597 schools in all—were certified sustainable.

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aerial image of water and land

Bay model shows slight decline of pollution in 2021

Since 2009, pollution controls have lowered nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment an estimated 14%, 14% and 4%.

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Outcome Status Updates

The recent progress and attainability outlook for these outcomes was prepared for the May 2022 biennial review.

The recent progress and long-term outlook status for each Outcome as well as when each status was last updated, grouped by Goal.
Environmental Literacy
Environmental Literacy Planning Outcome
Recent progress increase. Updated October 2020
Outlook uncertain. Updated May 2022
Student Outcome
Recent progress noChange. Updated October 2020
Outlook uncertain. Updated May 2022
Sustainable Schools Outcome
Recent progress decrease. Updated June 2022
Outlook onCourse. Updated June 2022

Our Funding

$535 million was invested by federal agencies for environmental restoration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed in fiscal 2021. Learn more about our funding