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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS):Research Highlights in the Chesapeake Bay
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National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS):Research Highlights in the Chesapeake Bay
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    The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. It is a unique and valuable national trea¬sure because of its ecological, recreational, economic and cultural benefits. The problems facing the Bay are well known and extensively documented, and are large¬ly related to human uses of the watershed and resources within the Bay. Over the past several decades as the origins of the Chesapeake’s problems became clear, citi¬zens groups and Federal, State, and local governments have entered into agreements and worked together to restore the Bay’s productivity and ecological health. In May 2010, President Barack Obama signed Execu¬tive Order number 13508 that tasked a team of Federal agencies to develop a way forward in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake watershed. Success of both State and Federal efforts will depend on having relevant, sound information regarding the ecology and function of the system as the basis of management and decision making. In response to the executive order, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has compiled an overview of its research in Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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