Goal Implementation Team Initiative

The Chesapeake Bay Trust has been designated to receive federal funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Chesapeake Bay Program Goal Implementation Team Project Initiative. The work funded by this initiative advances outcomes identified in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. Each year, certain outcomes are chosen by the Chesapeake Bay Program as top priorities to address, and these stretch across all Goal Implementation Teams (GIT) and workgroups.

For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Program: www.chesapeakebay.net


Projects funded to date and access to final reports:

Sustainable Fisheries GIT

  • Forage fish indicator/metric development (FY14)
  • CBSAC Research Needs (FY14)
  • Striped bass health indicator development (FY14)
  • Drivers of forage population trends and consumption patterns (FY15)
  • Shell/habitat dynamics in oyster restoration and fishery management (FY16)
  • Evaluation of environmental factors influencing blue crab populations (FY16)

Protect and Restore Vital Habitats GIT

  • Accelerate wetland restoration in support of WIPs / GIT integration (FY14)
  • Culvert Assessments for Fish Passage in Priority Watersheds (FY15)
  • Development of a decision support tool to inform black duck wintering habitat delivery goals taking current and future landscape conditions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed into consideration (FY15)
  • Updates to the Chesapeake Fish Passage Tool (FY16)
  • Watershed group and Citizen Monitoring of Fish Habitat/SAV (FY16)
  • Increasing landowner participation in wetland restoration programs – information access and program cross-training (FY16)

Protect and Restore Water Quality GIT

  • Summarizing potential benefits of nutrient and sediment practices to reduce toxic contaminants (FY14)
  • Quantify BMP Impact on each Management Strategy (FY15)
  • Targeted Outreach Tools for Fish Consumption Advisories in Diverse Chesapeake Bay Communities (FY15)
  • Assessing Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffer Benefits (FY16)
  • Development of Chesapeake Bay Technology Assessment Protocol for Manufactured Stormwater Treatment Devices (FY16)
  • Assessing Benefits of Wastewater Treatment Plant Nutrient Control Upgrades on Toxic Contaminants (FY16)

Maintain Healthy Watersheds GIT

  • Identification of additional healthy waters (FY14)
  • Evaluation of Land Use policy options, incentives and planning tools to reduce the rate of conversion of agricultural lands, forest and wetlands (FY15)
  • Healthy Watersheds Forest/TMDL Project Phase II (FY15)
  • Back Creek Watershed Demo- Getting Water Off of the Road (FY16)
  • Methodology for developing high-resolution stream and waterbody datasets for the Chesapeake Bay watershed (FY16)

Foster Chesapeake Stewardship GIT

  • Development of baseline indicator of citizen stewardship (FY14)
  • Metrics finalization and state implementation plans/Environmental literacy planning (FY14)
  • Leveraging local lessons / Development of a crowd sourced database as part of the Chesapeake Network to promote shared outreach and marketing case studies, results, and materials (FY14)
  • Phase II: Development of Baseline Indicator of Citizen Stewardship (FY15)
  • Public Access Data Quality Assurance and Application Integration (FY15)
  • Promoting Meaningful Stormwater Mitigation on Urban/Suburban School Grounds (FY16)
  • Phase III: Development of Baseline Indicator of Citizen Stewardship (FY16)
  • Environmental Justice Screen (FY16)

Enhance Partnering and Leadership GIT

  • Assessment of Local Leadership Development Programs (FY14)
  • Designing a Watershed Education Program for Local Elected Officials (FY15)
  • Implementation Support for Local Official Watershed Education and Capacity Building (FY16)

Scientific, Assessment, and Reporting Team – Climate Resiliency Workgroup

  • Cross-Goal Climate Resiliency Analysis and Decision-Making Matrix and Implementation Methodology (FY15)
  • Development of Climate Change Indicators and Metrics for the Chesapeake Bay Program (FY16)