Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary
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.
Latest News from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve
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.
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?
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.