Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Program

Best Management Practice Verification

Click here to download the Best Management Practice (BMP) Verification Program Documentation - November 16, 2015 (pdf)

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

The latest iteration of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement was recently signed by the Governors of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, the Mayor of Washington, D.C., the Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Administrator of the EPA. This agreement guides the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary.

The agreement contains ten goals and twenty-nine measurable, time-bound outcomes that will help create a healthy watershed that protects both Pennsylvania Waters and the Chesapeake Bay. The outcomes will lower nutrient and sediment pollution; help ensure our waters are free of toxic contaminants; sustain fisheries, blue crabs, oysters and forage fish; restore wetlands, underwater grass beds and other habitats; conserve farmland and forests; boost public access to and education about the Bay and its tributaries; and increase the climate resiliency of the watershed’s resources, habitats and communities.

This is the fourth agreement over the program’s 30 year history. The first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed in 1983 by Governor Thornburgh. Governor Casey signed the second agreement in 1987, and Governor Ridge signed the third agreement in 2000.

Click here to download the final Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement (pdf)

Click here to learn more about Agreement Management Strategies and provide public comment

Pennsylvania Management Team


Meeting Location

The meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be held at PADEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Past Meetings

TMDL and Milestones

Links to Additional Information & Reference Materials