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.

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This Reserve currently does not have a formal volunteer organization.

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This Reserve currently does not have a formal friends organization.

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

DC Download: February 2024

DC Download: February 2024

Last week, NERRA and our Digital Coast Partners briefed congressional staff on the importance of delivering digital tools to our communities. Cirse Gonzalez, coastal training program coordinator at Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve, presented …

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Volunteers Team Up to Cover the Bay

Volunteers Team Up to Cover the Bay

When it comes to tracking water quality, it takes a lot to cover Chesapeake Bay, one of the largest estuaries in the United States. More than 150 rivers and streams flow into the Bay’s 64,000 acre watershed …

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Chesapeake Bay Reserve, Virginia