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Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Maryland)


Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Maryland)

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is an estuary reserve in Maryland.

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and is one of the most productive bodies of water in the world. The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve reflects the diversity of estuarine habitats found within the Bay and consists of three components:

  • A 2,087 acres (8.45 km2) freshwater tidal marsh at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary located 20 miles (32 km) from Washington, D.C.
  • A 726 acres (2.94 km2) freshwater tidal marsh at the Otter Point Creek component 19 miles (30 km) northeast of Baltimore
  • A 3,426 acres (13.86 km2) salt marsh at the Monie Bay component located 20 miles (32 km)from Salisbury, Maryland.

Monie Bay was designation as a reserve in 1985. Jug Bay and Otter Point Creek were designated in 1990

The purpose of the 6,249 acres (25.29 km2) Maryland Reserve, managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is to manage protected estuarine areas as natural field laboratories and to develop and implement a coordinated program of research, monitoring, education and volunteer activities.



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External links

  • "Chesapeake Bay Reserve, Maryland". National Estuarine Research Reserve System. NOAA. September 12, 2005. Retrieved May 8, 2006. 
  • "Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. December 12, 2005. Retrieved May 8, 2006. 

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