Chesapeake & Coastal Service

From the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, Marylandís extraordinary coastal resources contribute to its economy, environment and quality of life. With these remarkable resources comes great responsibility. Coastal resources must be protected and conserved, yet communities must be able to thrive economically. Marylandís Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS) works to achieve that balance, providing leadership in the management and restoration of Chesapeake, coastal, and ocean resources.

What We Do

Marylandís Chesapeake & Coastal Service is a partnership among local, regional and state agencies. CCS collaborates with many private organizations, such as local land trusts and economic development groups. We provide technical assistance, training, information, tools and science, and by administering state and federal funds to help the State and local communities restore local waterways; prepare for future storm events, shoreline change, and sea level rise; protect habitats, foster clean coastal industries and encouraging citizens to become caring stewards. Over the past three decades, this partnership has helped Maryland work to reduce the environmental impacts of coastal development, resolve significant conflicts between competing coastal uses and provide critical assistance to local governments in coastal planning and resource protection.

Goals of the Chesapeake & Coastal Service

  • Accelerate the recovery of coastal resources through improved water quality.
  • Increase the number of State and local governments prepared for the impacts of future stormevents, shoreline changes and sea level rise.
  • Improve MDís ability to balance the use of coastal resources with their long term conservation.
  • Improve environmental literacy and motivate individuals and groups to take actions that benefit Chesapeake, coastal and ocean resources.

NOTE: The CCS website is undergoing major updates over the next few months. Please subscribe to our free electronic newsletter, In the Zone, to receive updates on our progress.

Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund - A little girl with the bucket.

Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund

See how Maryland is accelerating Bay restoration by focusing limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects.


Coast-Smart Communities - Photo by Sharon B. Pyle

CoastSmart Communities

Learn more about the CoastSmart Communities Program and access the online resource center for financial and technical assistance to address vulnerability to the impacts of sea level rise and climate change.

Watershed Assistance Collaborative - Photo by Edward Lowe

Watershed Assistance Collaborative

Learn more about the technical and financial assistance provided through the Collaborative to local communities and governments for advancing watershed protection and restoration activities in Maryland.

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Ocean Planning and Renewable Offshore Energy

Learn more about the Stateís ocean mapping and planning, offshore wind, project timelines, anticipated processes and opportunities for public comment.

Recent News

Maryland's 2016-2020 Coastal Zone Enhancement Plan
Maryland 2016-2020 Coastal Zone Enhancement Plan

CCS is seeking public comment on its draft CZMA Section 309 Assessment and Strategy

Maryland's Coastal Zone Management Program, the Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS), has completed the draft, "Maryland's Coastal Zone Enhancement Plan: Coastal Zone Management Act Section 309 Assessment and Strategy, 2016-2020," and is currently welcoming public comment(s) through July 31, 2015. For your information, the document is composed of two basic sections briefly described below:

Phase I
A high-level assessment of the Program's nine (9) enhancement areas (wetlands, coastal hazards, public access, marine debris, cumulative and secondary impacts, special area management planning, energy and government facility siting, ocean resources, and aquaculture).

Phase II
A detailed assessment of the enhancement areas that ranked as a high priority after the Phase I assessment. This section further explores potential problems, opportunities for improvement, and specific needs.

The strategy is "a comprehensive, multi-year statement of goals to address high priority needs, identified in the assessment, for improving a state's or territory's coastal management program. In addition to stating clear goals, the strategy also lays out methods for achieving those goals that are designed to lead toward one or more program changes."

Click here to download and review the draft Assessment & Strategy document.

Written comments must be received by CCS at the following address on or before July 31, 2015:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Chesapeake and Coastal Service, E2
Attn: Chris Cortina
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Comments also may be submitted via email to

Contact Information

Chesapeake & Coastal Service

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Tawes State Office Building, E-2

580 Taylor Avenue

Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Phone 410-260-8732

Fax 410-260-8739