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Chesapeake Commons

Data-Driven Solutions for the Chesapeake Bay

One of CBFN's special projects is Chesapeake Commons. Chesapeake Commons is a groundbreaking online data tool that centralizes the huge volumes of data about Chesapeake Bay pollution and restoration, and empowers the environmental community by making the data accessible, easy to manage, and locally relevant.

Chesapeake Commons allows its users - watershed groups, environmental organizations, citizen advocates and organizers, consultants, private and public funders, and local government officials - to store, map, publish, and share any type of information pertaining to the Chesapeake Bay.

The web-based software aids users in:
  • locating and collecting public data they need
  • performing their own geospatial and statistical analysis
  • creating maps, presentations, and publications from this information
Gathering all of the data and statistical analyses about the Chesapeake Bay into one collaborative online space and making it widely accessible is helping funders, policy makers, and advocates work together to prioritize, pursue, and monitor the ambitious restoration goals that have been set for the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Commons is a collaborative project undertaken by the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, the National Wildlife Federation, and Viable Industries LLC,with prior programmatic support provided by the Environmental Integrity Project.

Chesapeake Commons went "live" in January 2011.  Since then, the project has been under continual development and refinement, and has been promoted though a series of presentations, system trainings, and webinars in advance of an anticipated public launch later this year.


For inquiries, please contact:

John Dawes
Chesapeake Commons Administrator
901 E Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004

Phone:  202-797-6898