Chesapeake Bay Agreement & ELIT

Chesapeake Bay Agreement & ELIT

book-treeChesapeake Bay Agreement

  • Each state governor in the Mid-Atlantic region (PA, MD, DE, WV, VA, and NY) signed the agreement to improve the water quality of the Bay.
  • The agreement was signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on June 16, 2014
  • Goals in the agreement address the following: sustainable fisheries, vital habitats, water quality, toxic contaminants, healthy watersheds, stewardship, land conservation, public access, environmental literacy and resiliency of the bay ecosystem.

Environmental Literacy Goal

Student Outcome

  • Continually increase student’s age appropriate understanding of the watershed through participation in teacher-supported, meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) and rigorous, inquiry-based instruction.
  • Target of at least one meaningful watershed educational experience in elementary, middle and high school depending on available resources.

Sustainable Schools Outcome
Continually increase the number of schools in the region that reduce the impact of their buildings and grounds on their local watershed, environment and human health through best practices, including student-led protection and restoration projects.


Environmental Literacy Planning Outcome
Each participating Bay jurisdiction should develop a comprehensive and systemic approach to environmental literacy for all students in the region that includes policies, practices and voluntary metrics that support the environmental literacy Goals and Outcomes of this Agreement.


Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT)

  • ELIT is a tool/survey to help local and state school systems collect important information that will help advance the implementation of environmental education efforts in schools in the Mid-Atlantic region
  • The tool directly supports the Environmental Literacy Goal and Outcomes of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

pa-mapThe map shows the watersheds throughout Pennsylvania. The Chesapeake Bay is one of the most valuable estuarine systems in the United States It has been designated by the federal government to be imperiled and actions need to be taken collectively to improve the conditions and quality of the Bay.  Each state governor in the Mid-Atlantic region signed what is called the Chesapeake Bay Agreement to improve the water quality of the Bay. Although the impetus for the watershed education assessment arises from the initiatives of the Chesapeake Bay and because the Susquehanna River Basin makes up 43% of the Chesapeake Bay’s drainage area (and 75% of the entire river basin is in PA) it is important to include watershed experiences in our K-12 programs to help the Chesapeake Bay and all the drainage basins flowing through PA to the Atlantic Ocean.