The Chesapeake Bay Program is a regional partnership that works across state lines to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. We bring government agencies, academic institutions and watershed organizations together to create a healthy watershed.

Who We Are

The Chesapeake Bay Program engages partners from across the watershed. We are led by the Chesapeake Executive Council, whose members include the governors of the six Bay states, the mayor of the District of Columbia, the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We are advised by citizens, scientists and local officials. And we work with government agencies, academic institutions and watershed organizations.

How We’re Organized

Chesapeake Bay Program staff are organized into Goal Implementation Teams, which put the strategies in place to accomplish the goals and outcomes of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. These goal teams are further organized into action teams, committees and workgroups, and are guided by the Management Board. The Management Board is guided by the Principals’ Staff Committee, whose members act as policy advisors to the Chesapeake Executive Council. To learn more, click on the boxes in the organizational chart below.

Goal Implementation Teams

  • Sustainable Fisheries
  • Vital Habitats
  • Water Quality
  • Healthy Watersheds
  • Stewardship
  • Partnering & Leadership

Scientific, Technical Assessment & Reporting

Communications Workgroup

Advisory Committees

  • Citizen's Advisory Committee
  • Local Government Advisory Committee
  • Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee

Management Board

Principals' Staff Committee

Chesapeake Executive Council

How We Work

The Chesapeake Bay Program uses a process known as adaptive management to accomplish its work. This process is ongoing, and will allow us to learn while doing: to take action, monitor results, assess our progress and adjust our efforts as needed. The decision framework below outlines the steps we must take to put adaptive management in place.

Contact Us

Our staff welcome your questions and comments. To offer feedback about ChesapeakeStat, send us a message. To reach out to a Goal Implementation Team, click on the appropriate box in the organizational chart above. To find a specific person, visit or search our staff directory or call us at 800-YOUR-BAY (800-968-7229).