Restoring Watersheds Project by Project: Trends in Chesapeake Bay Tributary Restoration

Hassett, B., M.A. Palmer, E. Bernhardt, S. Smith, J. Carr and D. Hart

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Restoration of aquatic ecosystems is a high priority regionally and globally, yet only recently have such efforts adopted holistic approaches that include the restoration of streams and rivers flowing to coastal areas. As the largest estuary in the US, the Chesapeake Bay has been the focus of one of the most high-profile restoration programs ever undertaken in North America. While the primary emphasis has been on tidal waters, freshwater tributary clean-up strategies have recently been developed. We have compiled the first comprehensive database of over 4700 existing river and stream restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (CBW) to examine where dollars are being spent, what issues motivate restoration, and what approaches are used.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment