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  • Monitoring for Management Actions is now available electronically.  This 1987 publication is the first report from Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program and includes information on the basic design and objectives of the Program.
  • Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program's Ecosystem Processes Reports and Quality Assurance Plans
  • Pfiesteria publications
  • 2000 Maryland Section 305(b) report,
    This report provides summary information about water quality conditions Statewide as well as specific water quality information in each of the State's 138 watershed segments. Required by Section 305(b) of the federal Clean Water Act, this biennial report also provides a summary of the Maryland's water pollution control programs, watershed management efforts and water monitoring programs. This is the first Maryland 305(b) report to utilize interim biological criteria to assess how well the State's non-tidal waters support aquatic life in terms of fish and benthic macroinvertebrate communities. Application of biological criteria in this report resulted in a significant increase in the number of miles of non-tidal waters that do not fully support a balanced aquatic community (37.2 percent) compared with results in the 1998 305(b) report which did not utilize biological criteria (5.6 percent). The 2000 Maryland 305(b) report is available for download here as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf file, 3.28 MB).  If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can get a free copy at 
  • Maryland Water Monitoring Strategy,
    The US Environmental Protection Agency requires that each State periodically update their water monitoring plans. The December 2000 version of Maryland's water monitoring strategy is available online and can be downloaded and read as an Adobe Acrobat file ( Although this report is narrowly focused on State agency monitoring plans, Maryland agencies and their staff have a long history of working on water monitoring efforts with other groups including federal agencies, local governments, regional agencies, non-governmental organizations, businesses, and citizens. This report was developed to meet EPA's needs, but it also will serve as a framework for developing a more comprehensive Statewide monitoring strategy that will incorporate other water monitoring activities and provide a basis for more cooperation and coordination among these groups. The Maryland Water Monitoring Council ( will play a significant role in helping to develop this comprehensive strategy in the coming year.
  • A Sea Level Rise Response Strategy For the State of Maryland,
    Sea level rise rates along Marylandís coastline are nearly twice those of the global average. Sea level has risen approximately one foot in the last century and is expected to rise another 2 - 3 feet by the year 2100. Sea level rise impacts coastal areas by exacerbating coastal flooding, influencing shoreline erosion, and submerging tidal wetlands and other low-lying lands. Such impacts pose a significant threat to the steep cliffs, wetlands and marshes, tidal estuaries, and sandy beaches, and barrier islands that comprise Marylandís coastal environment. Recognizing the need to begin planning for sea level rise, a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow with Marylandís Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) developed a Sea Level Rise Response Strategy for the State of Maryland. The strategy sets forth the policy and implementation framework for reducing the State's overall vulnerability to sea level rise in the coming years.

  • Lower Eastern Shore Report, This report represents a regional effort to look in detail at the water quality and living resource issues in Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore, and the programs available to deal with them.

  • The On-Site Sewage Disposal System, (OSDS), Task Force put a wrap on their intensive six month work with the submission of this report to the Bay Cabinet on September 10, 1999. Tom Miller, Upper Potomac Trib Team Chair, who Chaired the OSDS Task Force, briefed Maryland’s Bay Cabinet on the recommendations included in the report. The OSDS Task Force focused on the policy changes that must occur in order to institutionalize nutrient reducing non-traditional OSDS technologies while not encouraging unwanted development. The 66 page report includes recommendations for encouraging non-traditional or alternative nutrient reducing systems, designating areas of special concerns, establishing management districts, developing verification processes, supporting education needs, and utilizing shared and community systems. 

  • Atmospheric Deposition in Maryland. Atmospheric deposition is an important environmental concern in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region. Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts ongoing efforts to evaluate the sources of atmospheric deposition and its impacts to Maryland’s natural resources. Through the Power Plant Research Program, DNR has developed this fact sheet to provide information on the environmental effects of atmospheric deposition and to discuss recent status and trends.

  • Chester River Basin Report. This report describes existing aquatic resource conditions in first, second and third order non-tidal streams in the Chester River basin in Maryland. The report also begins to assess water quality and habitat problems in the basin, as well as areas of high ecological value.

  • Monitoring and Non-Tidal Assessment (MANTA) Division Publication List, This is a list of publications produced by MANTA, topics include: Atmospheric Deposition, Biological Assessments, Ecological Assessments, Fisheries research, Governors Research Fund, Habitat Impacts, Monitoring and Toxic Aquatic Contaminants.

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