The Chesapeake Bay TMDL was prompted by insufficient restoration progress and continued poor water quality in the Bay and its rivers. Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) detail how and when the six Bay states and the District of Columbia will meet their pollution allocations.
The Forestry Workgroup organized a leadership workshop in spring 2022 to help refine state-level forest buffer action strategies and develop recommendations for Partnership roles in advancing buffer goals
The 2021-2022 logic and action plan for riparian forest buffers was updated.
The USDA Forest Service and state agencies signed the Chesapeake Shared Stewardship Agreement to establish a framework for working in partnership to implement the actions identified in the Chesapeake Forest Restoration Strategy.
The 2016-2017 Workplan to accelerate riparian forest restoration was developed primarily by the states and a large group of interested stakeholders.
The Chesapeake Executive Council signed Resolution 2015-#1 to take action on certain elements of the RFB State Task Force reports.
Understanding the need for state leadership to improve RFB restoration, the Principal Staff Committee appointed State Leads: DE: Marcia Fox MD: Anne Hairston-Strang NY: Karen Stainbrook PA: Matt Keefer VA: Greg Evans WV: Herb Peddicord
A Steering Committee composed of leaders from federal and state agencies and key stakeholders engaged in riparian forest buffer efforts in the Chesapeake watershed guided efforts to increase RFBs.
A key outcome of the Leadership Summit, the State Task Forces were formed in each state with the outcome to write a report that could serve as a blueprint for moving forward with the riparian forest buffer practice.
On December 29, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Learn more about the TMDL here.