Restoring Chesapeake Bay Living Resources

by Bert S. Brun, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Annapolis, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Following nearly ten years of study and analysis of the degraded Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, a new emphasis has emerged in 1986 - linkage of water quality to living resource problems, with a special view toward the latter's restoration. 'Phase II' of the Restoration Program features a habitat-oriented approach which fits well with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) traditional focus on an overall 'healthy' habitat as offering the best potential for the largest range of species. Two techniques used by FWS, to pinpoint the nature of resource problems, and to analyze species' needs, are presented. Close geographical linkage between water quality and documented species' difficulties is described in the Bay, and a suggested scheme to prioritize protection and restoration activities is outlined. Water quality standards are shown as needing improvement, to assist species' recovery.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Bays | Aquatic habitats | Water pollution | Water quality | Ecosystems | Wells (water) | Fish management

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