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The Chesapeake Bay supports more than 2,700 species of plants and animals on land and in the water. All of these critters depend on each other in some way.

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From underwater grass beds to streamside forests, the Chesapeake Bay watershed provides a range of habitats to more than 2,700 species of plants and animals on land and in the water.

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Climate & Earth Systems

Earth System Science is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding climate and weather patterns, the landscape and how human behavior influences global systems.

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Land Use

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans 64,000 square miles. Much of this land is used to raise crops and livestock and build homes and businesses. But our actions on land have a big impact on the water.

People & the Environment

Humans have occupied the Chesapeake Bay region for at least 12,000 years. As human populations grew, watershed residents made changes to the land that, in turn, changed their culture.

Water Quality

For the Chesapeake Bay to be a productive ecosystem, the water of the Bay and its tributaries must be healthy: it should be clear, rich in oxygen and free of chemical contaminants.