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Chesapeake Bay Program: Watersheds
This site describes the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which stretches across six states including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia and also the District of Columbia. Also included in the Bay watershed are several subwatersheds, smaller systems that drain into the streams and rivers that flow into the Chesapeake. More than 64,000 square miles of land drain into the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. This site includes links to the subject of watershed management, which is a method for maintaining, protecting and restoring the natural resources within a watershed while also enhancing the quality of life in our communities. Students can learn what watershed management planning is and why it is important.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Chesapeake Bay Program partner-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. While the content of most Chesapeake Bay Program web pages is in the public domain, not all the information on our site is in the public domain. Some images/graphics are used by the Chesapeake Bay Program with permission. For other use, you may need to obtain permission from the copyright holder under copyright law.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-154
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural resources
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'About the Chesapeake Bay'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Chesapeake Bay Program Office