DoD in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

DoD in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

DoD Chesapeake Bay Program FY2016 Annual Progress Report pdf [2.32 MB]

With 68 installations and 16 Army Corps of Engineers facilities in the Bay watershed, that cover approximately 420,000 acres of land, DoD is one of the largest federal landholders in the watershed. These installations vary widely in uses and function, including national defense; training; deployment centers; and research, development, test and evaluation facilities. They range in size from 20 acres to more than 75,000 acres and are located in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

DoD was the first federal agency to become formally involved in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort in 1984 and in 1990, we further strengthened our participation and role by linking DoD environmental initiatives to the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program.

The Navy is the designated lead agency for the Bay program and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for the Environment has oversight responsibilities.

Navy Region Mid-Atlantic administers the program and has a designated lead coordinator to facilitate and implement the goals throughout all the military services.

Executive Order 13508, guides the current management of our overall program in partnership with other federal agencies. We track and report installation and regional projects that support each of the goals:


  • Restoring Clean Water
  • Recovering Habitat
  • Sustaining Fish and Wildlife
  • Land Consservation and Public Access
  • Environmental Stewardship

DoD Owned Properties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

DoD Owned Properties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed