The Issues

Home to more than 18 million people and 3,600 species of plants and animals, the Chesapeake Bay watershed is a vast, rich, and complex system. And the issues it faces, from polluted runoff to dead zones, are equally complex. Learn more below.

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    Agriculture

    What role do farms and agricultural production play in the health of our waters?Read More

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    Air Pollution

    The close link between the health of our air and the health of our waters.Read More

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    Photo Credit: © 2010 Krista Schlyer/iLCP

    Chemical Contamination

    Toxic chemicals are entering our waters everyday. What can we do about them?Read More

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    Climate Change

    How warmer waters and temps experienced across the globe are impacting us on a local level?Read More

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    Dead Zones

    What are they and what can we do about them?Read More

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    Fisheries

    Menhaden, striped bass, shad, blue crabs, and oysters are fundamental to the Bay and its waters.Read More

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    Habitat Degradation

    Rebuilding healthy and resilient habitat for all Bay critters is a key to saving the Chesapeake.Read More

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    Land Use

    When the watershed's land suffers from pollution and poor management, so too does the water.Read More

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    Natural Gas Drilling

    Safeguarding our lands and waters from the effects of natural gas drilling is imperative.Read More

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    Nutrient Trading

    Nutrient trading is a way for farmers, foresters, businesses and other facilities to reduce...Read More

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    Polluted Runoff

    Polluted runoff is one of the most harmful sources of pollution to the Bay and its waters.Read More

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    Sewage & Septic Systems

    Upgrading wastewater treatment is critical to cleaning up the Bay and its rivers and streams.Read More

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    What We Have to Lose

    The Chesapeake Bay watershed is an integral part of the health and wealth of millions of people.Read More

Decades of Success: The 1970s

Even as a young organization, our work was effective and got noticed. Find out what we did.

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