Since 1983, the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) has led and directed the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. The CBP connects representatives from across the 64,000-square-mile watershed including: federal, state and local governments; academic institutions; nonprofits and non-governmental organizations; and more. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, signed in 2014, guides the work of the CBP and is a plan for collaboration across political boundaries, and signatories include the seven watershed jurisdictions of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency (representing federal agencies).
As the voice of the CBP partnership, the CBP Communications Team works to communicate the policy, science and data of the CBP and its partners. It does this through media outreach, web- and print-based products, multimedia and collaboration, outreach and engagement with stakeholders around the watershed.
Supported by an Environmental Protection Agency grant to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the CBP Communications Team consists of the Director of Communications, Web Content Manager, Multimedia Specialist and Communications and Outreach Coordinator.
The CBP Communications Team coordinates and staffs the Communications Workgroup, a forum for communications and public relations professionals representing CBP partners to discuss Bay-related communications issues, share ideas and resources, and meet communications needs. The CBP Communications Team maintains content for the website for the CBP, www.chesapeakebay.net, as well as its Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feed.