Background: Water Ecosystem
- The Chesapeake is the largest estuary system in the United States. According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the bay has historically produced approximately 500 million pounds of food per year, but that is changing due to development and agricultural nonpoint source pollution.
- More than 16.6 million people call this area of the U.S. their home.
- The watershed includes six states and the District of Columbia: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia.
- Everything that is carried out on land has a large effect on the vigor of the bay .