The Chesapeake Bay Partnership’s Experience with Evaluation, Adaptive Management and Accountability Optional


Michael Mason, EPA


EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program is undergoing numerous organizational and management challenges as it transitions from an historically collaborative, partnership-based ecosystem protection program to a more regulatory-driven water quality focused effort. EPA recently published a TMDL which focuses on reducing the level of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment loadings to the Bay watershed through implementation of specific regulatory and best management practices at the state and local level over the next 15 years. This primarily regulatory approach has major implications for the role of EPA and its partners in the watershed, specifically in the role of program evaluation, the meaning of accountability, and how performance information is used for adaptive management. Join us in a discussion on how the concepts and practices of evaluation, accountability, and adaptive management have evolved during this period of transition.

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  1. Matt
    16 June 11, 8:49am

    The Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration Executive Order

    Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:
    Goals and Outcomes –

    Chesapeake Adaptive Management Model

    Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay:
    An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation (including a chapter on adaptive management)
    – NAS new release announcing the report:
    – NAS report site:
    – NAS “Report in Brief” 4 page summary document:

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