In 1999, the
Maryland Coastal Bays
Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan, was signed
by former Gov. Parris Glendening,
the Worcester County Commissioners, the EPA and the mayors of Ocean
City and Berlin.
The plan specifies management goals and strategies for
protecting the coastal bays, including many actions relevant to water
quality and living resource protection. DNR is a key
partner in implementing the actions in the plan.
watersheds in Maryland need restoration according to the 1998 Clean
Water Action Plan. Among these is the Isle of Wight watershed
of Wight Watershed Characterization Report). Find
out more about the strategies being designed to restore and protect
Restoration Action Strategies (WRAS)
Clean Water Action Plan: The 'Final 1998 Report on Unified Watershed
Assessment, Watershed Prioritization and Plans for Restoration Action Strategies.' The
Clean Water Action Plan addresses all aspects of watershed condition: water quality,
including public health issues; aquatic living resources; physical habitat and the
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
source management, and ensuring public access to coastal
and Blueways Commission attempts to preserve a network of natural
corridors connecting open spaces throughout Maryland.
for Wildlife: MD DNR program to enhance wildlife habitat in your backyard.
Surf Your Watershed project is a cooperative effort involving the
Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources to
"catalog" important environmental, socioeconomic, and
programmatic information on a watershed basis.
Coastal Bays Publications
lists DNR reports focused on resources in the coastal bays ecosystem.
Projects provides a summary of current DNR research
initiatives, activities and special projects.