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Chesapeake Bay Reserve, Virginia

State

Virginia

State Partner

Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary

Acres

3,072

Est. Date

1991

Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve manages four diverse sites along the largest estuary in the United States. The habitats it protects range from oyster reefs and seagrass beds to tidal wetlands and mudflats. The Reserve works to promote understanding of estuarine and watershed systems through training and education, conserve coastal resources and water quality, understand human and climate change impacts on ecosystems, and develop ways to monitor coastal environments.

Explore the impact of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve’s responsive online educational programming, which connect learners to the estuary at a distance.

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Did You Know…

Werowocomoco—Virginia’s original “capital city” and Chief Powhatan’s seat of power—is located across the York River from the Virginia Reserve.

Latest News from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve

Spreading the Word on Seagrass

Spreading the Word on Seagrass

Most people don’t know anything about these ecosystem superstars that grow on the bottoms of coastal waters, even though they support food security, mitigate climate change, promote biodiversity, and own the title of world’s largest plant.

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Can they have it all?

Can they have it all?

Around Chesapeake Bay, just about everyone agrees: oysters are tasty and seagrass is important. But there’s a hitch—these equally beloved resources thrive in the same places. But what if the same spot could support both?

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Coastal Training Evolves to Support Changing Needs

Coastal Training Evolves to Support Changing Needs

In 2021, Tribal, locality, and regional stakeholders from Virginia’s Coastal Zone Management (CZM) program did something unprecedented: they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on environmental conservation initiatives while promoting sustainable economic development within the Lower Chickahominy River Watershed.

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Chesapeake Bay Reserve, Virginia