Coastal: Chesapeake Bay Area

Chesapeake Bay PhotoThe Chesapeake Bay is our Nation’s largest estuary, with a drainage basin covering parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. The primary land use in these states is agriculture, which may produce runoff that contains fertilizers and pesticides that are detrimental to the water quality of the Bay. The Plant Materials Program selects plants and develops innovative establishment technology to address the resource and environmental concerns influencing the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.


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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of the Chesapeake Bay (PDF; 57 KB) Zinecker, B., R.J. Ugiansky, and J.M. Englert 2007. USDA, NRCS, National Plant Materials Center. MD. September 2006. 1p. (ID# 7167).

Eelgrass Plant Fact Sheet (PDF; 98 KB) Murphy, R., L. Orzetti, and W. Johnson 2012. Beltsville, MD. January 2012. 2p. (ID# 10921).

claspingleaf pondweed Plant Fact Sheet Plant Fact Sheet (PDF; 143 KB) West, J. 2010. Norman A. Berg National Plant Materials Center. Beltsville, MD. 2010. 2p. (ID# 10163).

Southeastern wildrye Plant Guide (PDF; 331 KB) Belt, S., B. Rushing, and S. Tangren 2013. Beltsville, MD. March 2013. 5p. (ID# 11666).

Plant Guide for Establishing Coastal Vegetation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. (PDF; 333 KB) Sherry Surrette. 2007. Jackson, MS. 4/202007. 39p. (ID# 7271)

Native Plants for Mississippi Coastline Restoration. (PDF; 713KB) Sherry Surrette, Cassandra Meyer. 2007. Plant guides, plants database, plant vendors guide, Coffeeville, MS. 6p. (ID# 7156)


NRCS Plant Materials Centers Working on Coastal Issues