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NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Shares Biennial Report to Congress

March 28, 2023

Update describes work on fisheries science, oyster restoration, environmental education, climate, observations, and more.

A river meanders past residential areas, marshes, forests, and agricultural operations. The Mattaponi River in Virginia flows into the York River, which is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program.

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office just released its Biennial Report to Congress for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 (pdf, 12 pages). It includes highlights from the past 2 years, including our work in:

  • Completing oyster reef restoration on the Tred Avon and St. Mary’s rivers in Maryland and on the Great Wicomico and Piankatank rivers in Virginia
  • Piloting a new kind of buoy that monitors dissolved oxygen from the surface of the water to the Bay bottom
  • Taking on the long-term fish monitoring project at the Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at Poplar Island, Maryland, to measure how fish are responding to habitat restoration efforts
  • Leading a team of offices from around NOAA  in work that led to the selection of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula as a NOAA Habitat Focus Area
  • Administering $5.2 million in funding through the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program to support 34 environmental education projects in the region
  • Hosting college- and graduate-level summer internships both years, including several through the Chesapeake-Student Recruitment, Early Advisement, and Mentoring Program for students who identify as people of color and/or who are first-generation college students

The report also highlights other aspects of our work in fisheries and habitat science, restoration, climate, and education.

Last updated by NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office on March 29, 2023