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This web site is provided as a public service by the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Wetlands Workgroup.

Information Ownership, Use and Distribution:

Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. All documents and information may be freely distributed and used for non-commercial, scientific and educational purposes. Commercial use of the documents available from this server may be protected under the U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Individual documents on this web site may have different copyright conditions that will be noted in those documents. Any communication or material transmitted to this web site by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like will be treated as public information.

System Monitoring:

This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Content Accuracy, Completeness, and Usability of CBP Data and Information:

Information and data served here come from a wide array of state, federal, regional, local, and stakeholder partners. The Chesapeake Bay Program and the Wetlands Workgroup make every effort to provide and maintain accurate, complete, usable, and timely information on our web site. However, some information accessed through these pages may, of necessity, be subject to changing timelines as well as changing federal, state, local, and private funding availability. This information is provided with the understanding that it is correct and complete at the time of publication. Every effort is made to ensure that all information is a complete and accurate as possible. Users are cautioned to verify the accuracy of this information before making decisions that concern personal or public safety or the conduct of business that involves substantial monetary or operational consequences. Conclusions drawn from, or actions undertaken on the basis of, such information are the sole responsibility of the user.

Users who are interested in citing information from the Wetlands Work website should follow the example listed below as general guidance.

Example of a General Webpage Citation:

Chesapeake Bay Program (2018). The Five Steps. Accessed December 15, 2018 from


Chesapeake Bay Program partner-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. While the content of most Chesapeake Bay Program web pages is in the public domain, not all the information on our site is in the public domain. Some images/graphics are used by the Chesapeake Bay Program with permission. For other use, you may need to obtain permission from the copyright holder under copyright law.

Links to Chesapeake Bay Program Web Pages:

You are welcome to make a link to any of the web pages the Chesapeake Bay Program has published on the Internet. There is no need to request permission. We will identify material we use from sources outside of the Chesapeake Bay Program and request others do the same when using information published by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

Disclaimer of Endorsement:

The information posted on this web site contains hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the user's convenience. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners and the Wetlands Workgroup do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.


Publication of the Chesapeake Bay Program web site is made possible through grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program Office. Our news, stories and features reflect the science, restoration, conservation and stewardship efforts of the many Bay Program partners and do not necessarily reflect those of any governmental or grant-making organization.

None of the Bay Program partners nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors make any warranty, expressed or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or data contained within the web site. Reference within this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the Chesapeake Bay Program partners.

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