Chesapeake Bay Studies

To provide financial assistance for research and development projects that will provide information for the living marine resources of Chesapeake Bay.

In addition, assistance is provided for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Initiative (B-WET).

The B-WET Program will work
with and support organizations that provide environment-based education to students, teachers, and communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

In addition, assistance is provided for research and restoration of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay.
Examples of Funded Projects

Developed better methods to collect and plant eelgrass (SAV) seeds; set up facilities to increase the availability of seeds and other planting materials for planting lower salinity SAV species; conducted site assessments to choose sites for future large scale SAV planting projects.

Developed better methods to collect and plant eelgrass (SAV) seeds; set up facilities to increase the availability of seeds and other planting materials for planting lower salinity SAV species; conducted site assessments to choose sites for future large scale SAV planting projects For the B-WET Program, all projects support the education and outreach goals of the Chesapeake 2000 agreement.

The following are examples of funded projects in fiscal year 2004.

School Leadership in Urban Runoff Reduction (Living Classrooms Foundation); the Teachers Training Institute at Hard Bargain Farm (Alice Ferguson Foundation); Bay Grasses in Classes (MD DNR); Chesapeake Connections (Arlington Echo Outdoor School); and Chesapeake Classrooms (Chesapeake Bay Foundation).


Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office, 410 Severn Avenue, Suite 107A, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Contact: Derek Orner, Fishery Biologist or Shannon Sprague, Education Coordinator.

Telephone: (410) 267-5660.

Fax: (410) 267-5666.

E-mail: Derek.Orner@noaa.gov or Shannon.Sprague@noaa.gov.