Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland

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Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland


(410) 260-8730

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Maryland's Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR-MD) was established in 1985 with Monie Bay, a large wetland near Deal Island on the lower Eastern Shore, being the sole component. In 1990 Otter Point Creek and Jug Bay were added to the reserve. Together, these three reserve components reflect the diversity of estuarine systems found within the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay providing essential habitat for commercially as well as recreationally important fish and crabs, filtering mud from the Bay's murky waters, and protecting the shoreline from flooding. CBNERR-MD promotes educational opportunities and scientific study of these estuarine systems so that it can better manage and successfully restore these important habitats, as well as enjoy a healthy and productive Bay. In Somerset County on the lower eastern shore, Monie Bay represents a salt marsh habitat. On the western shore in Harford County, Otter Point Creek reflects an upper bay tidal freshwater habitat. The Jug Bay component is split between Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties on the Patuxent River and represents a tidal freshwater riverine habitat in a developed watershed.

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Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Environmental Technology

The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET) is a leader in transforming the best available science into practical, innovative tools that coastal managers need to address their priority challenges. CICEET is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of New Hampshire.

CICEET is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by NOAA's Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and the President of UNH. The MOU establishes two equal co-directors responsible for CICEET administration, describes the purpose and scope of CICEET, and establishes a Board of Advisors to advise the UNH Vice President for Research and Public Service. The Board is comprised of representatives from UNH, NOAA, New Hampshire Sea Grant, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, the state Coastal Zone Management Program, and the Estuarine Research Federation.

Since its inception in 1997, CICEET has invested in more than 170 environmental technology development, demonstration, and application projects. The CICEET toolkit contains dozens of field ready tools to address a range of environmental challenges along the nation's coasts.

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The Jug Bay component of the reserve is located 20 miles from Washington, D.C. The Otter Point Creek component is 19 miles northeast of Baltimore. The Monie Bay component is located 20 miles from Salisbury, Maryland.

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(410) 260-8730