Land Use

Land Cover: Forested, agricultural, developed—a look at how our watershed land is used.

Natural Resources and Agricultural Lands: Low-density residential and commercial development fragments forest and agricultural lands and impinges upon wetlands.

Pavement and Other Hardened Surfaces in the Bay Watershed: From our Polluted Runoff Report, the extent of hard surfaces that contribute to pollution levels in our waterways.

Population Growth: What estimated population growth into 2030 looks like.

Marcellus Shale & Natural Gas Drilling: Where valuable, and controversial, Marcellus Shale natural gas formations are found in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Share Your Clean Water Story

What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know.

Share Your Story


Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.