Working together to understand the health of our waters
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.