This directory links to a sampling of Chesapeake Bay-related groups. Descriptions are pulled from each group's mission statement or "about" page, mostly verbatim. They have been edited chiefly for brevity.

Alliance of Aquatic Resource Monitoring

ALLARM is an environmental organization based at Dickinson College that empowers local communities with scientific tools to assess, protect and restore Pennsylvania waterways 


American Fisheries Society

The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals. 


American Water Resources Association

Founded in 1964, the American Water Resources Association is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to the advancement of men and women in water resources management, research and education.nd education.


Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society brings together students, scientists, managers and educators from the states of DE, MD, NC, NJ, PA, and VA and Washington, DC, to discuss estuarine and coastal environmental issues and policies. It is our intent to a foster broader interest in the environment by increasing public awareness of current issues 


Bay Backpack

The Chesapeake Bay Program Education Department is a collection of representatives from state resource agencies, state education departments and nonprofits groups from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC, and is charged with evaluating and recommending policies related to bay education. 


Chesapeake Bay Conservation

In the mid-1970s, then U.S. Senator Charles Mathias (R-MD) saw the Chesapeake Bay of his youth in distress and began a fact-finding tour of marine science institutions around the Bay to try to understand the estuary’s decline.  His efforts eventually resulted in formation of the Chesapeake Bay Program, a multi-jurisdictional partnership that's working to restore and protect the Bay and its resources. 


Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation

The primary goal of Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc., is to educate the public and work with various state and federal agencies to provide information on current issues involving the living resources within and surrounding the Chesapeake Bay. 


Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

The mission of the Wildfowl Trust of North America, Inc., and its physical site, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, is to promote stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration 


Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School

The Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine and Environmental Science provides a community of learners the opportunity to explore connections among the environment, math, science and technology in order to help develop leaders who possess the research and technical skills, global perspective and vision needed to address the challenges of a rapidly changing soc 


Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

 The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 27 protected areas that make up the National Estuarine Research Reserve System established to promote informed management of the country's estuaries and coastal habi


Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (Horn Point) is an environmental research facility of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the principal institution for advanced environmental research and graduate studies within the University System of Maryland. 


Chesapeake Ecology Center

The Chesapeake Ecology Center is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about community greening and conservation landscaping practices for the Chesapeake Bay watershed that result in a healthier and more beautiful environment benefiting residents and the region's biological diversity. 


Chesapeake Research Consortium

The Chesapeake Research Consortium, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation chartered by the State of Maryland. It is an association of six institutions, each with a long-standing involvement in research on problems affecting the Chesapeake Bay and its waters 


Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

 CWH is dedicated to creating, restoring and protecting wildlife habitat and establishing a more sustainable agriculture through direct action, education and research in partnership with public and private landowners.


ChesSIE: Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators

 A web-based resource center and communications hub, broadly supporting watershed-wide K-12 science education about the Chesapeake Bay.


Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation is a multidisciplinary organization of individuals who study and manage the structure and functions of estuaries and the effects of human activities on these fragile environme 


Encyclopedia of Earth

The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars and professionals, as well as to the general public. 


Estuarine Research Center (Morgan State)

The Estuarine Research Center conducts innovative research dedicated to investigating the complex interactions in the Chesapeake Bay. 


Maryland Sea Grant

Maryland Sea Grant College draws on the talent and expertise of the state's universities and academic laboratories to foster innovative marine research, education and outreach. In this way Maryland Sea Grant serves as a bridge between academic expertise and the needs of those who manage, conserve, enjoy or make their living from the Chesapeake Bay. 


National Agricultural Statistics Service

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture.


National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators

The National Association of State Aquaculture Coordinators is responsible for coordinating aquaculture programs at the state or territorial level. The purpose of NASAC is to promote, to encourage and to assist the development of aquaculture in the United States by enhancing communication among federal, state, local and tribal governmental agencies; agricultural research and extension institutions; and trade and marketing organizations. 


National Biological Information Infrastructure

The National Biological Information Infrastructure is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. 


National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, located in downtown Santa Barbara, is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara. NCEAS supports cross-disciplinary research that uses existing data to address major fundamental issues in ecology and allied fields, and applications to management and policy. 


National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems. 


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Its reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as scientists work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.


National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…." 


National Sea Grant Library

The National Sea Grant Library is the digital library and official archive for NOAA Sea Grant documents. It is the only comprehensive collection of Sea Grant–funded documents from more than 30 programs and projects across the country. 


National Sea Grant Office

The National Sea Grant College Program engages a network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. 


National Shellfisheries Association

Founded in 1908, The National Shellfisheries Association is an international organization of scientists, management officials and members of industry, all concerned with the biology, ecology, production, economics and management of shellfish resources, including clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, snails, shrimp, lobsters, crabs and other species of commercial importance. 


NOAA Aquaculture Program

The NOAA Aquaculture Program addresses coastal and onshore marine shellfish and finfish aquaculture (fish farming), as well as enhancement (hatchery) activities that support commercial and recreational fishing and the restoration of some endangered species. 


NOAA Central Library

The mission of the NOAA Library and Information Services is to ensure the delivery of scientific, technical and legislative information to users. The library's users include NOAA staff, general public, academia, industry, and other government agencies. 


Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is a leader in research on linkages of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges in the 21st century. 



StreamWatch monitors and assesses Virginia’s Rivanna basin streams and rivers to help the community maintain and restore healthy waterways.


Stroud Water Research Center

The Stroud Water Research Center's scientific staff, based in Avondale, PA, is acclaimed for its pioneering research on streams and rivers. The scientists work in interdisciplinary research teams, blending their individual talents in chemistry, microbial ecology, invertebrate biology, watershed ecology and ecosystem modeling to study the physical, chemical and biological processes of streams and rivers, the life histories of individual organisms and the ecology of watersheds. 


University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science harnesses the power of science to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. By conducting cutting-edge research into today's most pressing environmental problems, the Center is developing new ideas to help guide the state, nation and world toward a more environmentally sustainable future. 


Virginia Institute of Marine Science

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry and the public.