New Federal Strategy for Chesapeake region

A new federal strategy for the Chesapeake Bay focuses on protecting and restoring the 64,000-square-mile watershed, including thousands of streams, creeks and rivers.  The strategy was developed under the executive order issued by President Obama in May 2009, which declared the Chesapeake Bay a national treasure and called on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore and protect the nation's largest estuary and its watershed.

Seven Bay jurisdictions -- Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia -- are covered by the "Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed."

Visit the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order website
Download a summary of the strategy
Download the full strategy (8.57 MB)
Read the full executive order

Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Information Node

The Mid-Atlantic Information Node (MAIN) is a regional node of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Our primary mission is to facilitate access to and use of biological resource information that is available for the region.

To learn more, please visit our About the Node page, or click a link below for a list of state-related content.

map of the Mid-Atlantic regionThe Mid-Atlantic region encompasses
(clockwise from top):

[Image: Bill Herrington, CMI]

Data Wizard

The MAIN Data Wizard provides access to thousands of data sets related to the Mid Atlantic region. Users may search by keyword, data provider, and state or browse all data and Internet Map Services. In addition, users can add data to a Data Cart. The MAIN Data Cart provides the ability to select, clip, and reproject a group of data. The data is then zipped together for easy download. The MAIN Internet Map Services can be imported directly into a desktop GIS. The services available include image, feature, and WMS. Users can also view data in Google Earth.

screen shot of Data Wizard search results

NBII Metadata Clearinghouse

The NBII Metadata Clearinghouse is a powerful resource for scientists, allowing them to share and access information about important research in natural resources. With over 88,000 records from over 70 data providers, the possibilities for collaborations and data exchange are endless.

Use the Discover Data Simple Search below to find maps and data or visit the Clearinghouse and use Advanced Search to build more complex queries.

Discover Data Simple Search  

Conferences of Interest

  11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment
1/19/2010 - 1/21/2010
Washington, District of Columbia
United States

  35th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society
11/9/2011 - 11/12/2011
Annapolis, Maryland
United States

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