The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) strives to achieve a balance between development and protection of the Chesapeake Bay through a number of coordinated programs and activities geared towards accomplishing the goals of the New Bay Agreement of 2000. The New Bay Agreement established a long-term strategy for restoration of the Bay and its tributaries.  Our success in restoration and protection relies on partnerships and collaboration of citizens, businesses, non-profits, and all levels of government.
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The following is just a sampling of DNR programs and activities working towards restoration and protection. More information on these programs and others can be found throughout the DNR website.

  • In 1978, Marylandís Coastal Program was enacted as a means to facilitate proper management of coastal resources among federal, state, and local authorities, and interested stakeholders. Activities of the stateís Coastal Program include shoreline erosion control, watershed restoration, nonpoint source management, and ensuring public access to coastal areas.
  • Marylandís Tributary Teams are comprised of stakeholders who work together towards reducing localized pollution within 10 key Bay tributaries and watershed areas.
  • The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve provides protected areas as natural laboratories for research and education purposes.
  • Students do their part to restore the Bay by participating in Bay Grasses in Classes, a program where students grow bay grasses in their classrooms to be transplanted into the Bay to help restore aquatic habitat and improve water quality.
  • The Greenways and Blueways Commission attempts to preserve a network of natural corridors connecting open spaces throughout Maryland.

Your actions can help preserve your Bay for generations to come. Whether it is volunteering for a local stream clean-up project or reducing the fertilizers you use on your lawn, you can make a difference and help DNR manage our precious natural resources and maintain a clean, healthy Chesapeake Bay for everyone to enjoy.

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