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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 Maryland Reserve.

Latest News from Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Reserve

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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Superstars Among Us

Superstars Among Us

Reserve staff from around the System are receiving formal accolades for their work in support of estuaries and coastal communities. A big congratulations to these NERRS superstars—and thank you for all you do!

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Reserves Meet Teachers & Students Online

Reserves Meet Teachers & Students Online

Reserve educators have rallied behind students, teachers, and parents all dealing with the challenges of science learning during COVID-19. From coast to coast, Reserves are providing online programs to engage children with estuaries safely.

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Chesapeake Bay Reserve, Virginia