Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative

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Working together to understand the health of our waters

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative

There are many sources of data – including data collected by volunteers, local governments, and NGOs such as academia and watershed organizations – that are not currently being used by the Chesapeake Bay Program to track Bay health and determine success of restoration efforts.

The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative is a partnership that aims to provide technical, logistical, and outreach support for the integration of volunteer-based and non-traditional water quality and macroinvertebrate monitoring data into the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership.

This is the first effort to integrate volunteer science data, to inform policy management and water quality assessments, into a federal program. The integration of these data into the CBP monitoring network will provide additional cost-effective information that supports shared decision-making and adaptive management, as well as demonstrates a framework for the integration of non-traditional data sources which could later be applied to other data gaps in measuring progress towards the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Click here to learn more.

Next Steps:

As a part of the project we are working with Chesapeake Environmental Communications to develop a database that will be easy for monitoring groups to use, input their data, retrieve it, and share it with others. Updates on the development of the database will be added over the project period.

In addition:

  • We will be releasing our monitoring group census results in our quarterly newletters.
  • We are creating four Quality Assurance Project Plans that Co-op monitoring groups can use
  • We will be holding training session for new Co-op groups at the end of the summer
View some results from the census

Our Vision

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative envisions a Chesapeake community where all data of known quality are used to inform watershed management decisions and restoration efforts.

Our Mission

Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative works with diverse partners to collect and share new and existing water quality data. Through this collaboration, we aim to develop a comprehensive understanding of Chesapeake Bay Watershed health.

Past Presentations

The CMC was formed for the Integration of Citizen-based and Nontraditional Monitoring into the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership.

Do you want to join the Chesapeake Monitoring Co-op? Please email Lisa Piastuch at