Terms of Use

This web site is provided as a public service by the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup.

Information Ownership, Use and Distribution:

Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. All documents and information may be freely distributed and used for non-commercial, scientific and educational purposes. Commercial use of the documents available from this server may be protected under the U.S. and foreign copyright Laws. Individual documents on this web site may have different copyright conditions that will be noted in those documents. Any communication or material transmitted to this web site by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like will be treated as public information.

Graphic Usage Policy:

Interested, government organizations, nonprofit and educational institutions may use Bay Backpack imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages by sending a message through our contact us page with:

  1. Name of Organization requesting permission
  2. Contact person including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
  3. Description of photo and where it was located
  4. Intended use of photo (i.e. web, publication, slide show)
  5. Duration of use

System Monitoring:

This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Public-Domain Software:

Links are provided to public domain software developed by or for the Bay Backpack. Although these programs have been used by the Bay Backpack, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the Chesapeake Bay Program partners as the accuracy and functioning of these program and related program material.

Content Accuracy, Completeness, and Usability of Data and Information:

Information and data served here come from a wide array of state, federal, regional, local, industrial, academic, and stakeholder partners. The Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup makes every effort to provide and maintain accurate, complete, usable, and timely information on our web site.


Bay Backpack-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. While the content of most Bay Backpack 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 Education Workgroup with permission. For other use, you may need to obtain permission from the copyright holder under copyright law.

Links to Bay Backpack Web Pages:

You are welcome to make a link to any of the web pages the Bay Backpack has published on the Internet. There is no need to request permission. We will identify material we use from sources outside of the Bay Backpack and request others do the same when using information published by the Bay Backpack.

Disclaimer of Endorsement:

The documents posted on this web site contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the user’s convenience. The Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.


None of the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup members nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors make any warranty, expressed or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or data contained within the web site. Reference within this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup members.