The Envision Series is a ground-up program in which we explore, conserve and innovate in order to enrich the Chesapeake’s great rivers. Each river in the Chesapeake owns a unique history, culture, and natural past and future– these are the very things that make the rivers special. The Envision programs reach out to partners and the local communities to innovate conservation initiatives that are tailored to the community and will highlight the local lore within the watershed, bringing the past into the future.
The Susquehanna River is the lifeblood of the Bay. Sharing an ancient past, the Bay is actually an extension of the Susquehanna valley that the Atlantic Ocean has steadily flooded over the last 15,000 years. The Susquehanna pours roughly 20 billion gallons of fresh water into the bay daily, contributing greatly to the Bay’s livelihood.
The James River runs 340 miles through the heart of Virginia, where its waters and shores were witness to the beginning of American history. In the next 100 years, the James River will experience many changes that will affect collective quality of life.
The Choptank River, the longest river on the Delmarva Peninsula, was once an area of abundant wetlands and thriving fisheries. However, since water quality monitoring began in 1965, conditions have steadily declined.