Privacy Policy & Terms Of Use

Chesapeake Bay Program Terms of Use

Use of the Site: is provided as a public service by the Chesapeake Bay Program partners.

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.

Chesapeake Bay Program Photo / Graphic Usage Policy

The Chesapeake Bay Program retains the rights to all images used on Some materials have been donated or obtained from individuals or organizations and may be subject to additional restrictions on use. Permission to use images from must be obtained in writing from the Chesapeake Bay Program Communications Office.

Interested Bay Program partners, government organizations, nonprofit and educational institutions may use Chesapeake Bay Program imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages by e-mailing the Director of Communications, Christopher Conner with the following information: 1.) Name of Organization requesting permission; 2.) Contact person including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; 3.) Intended use of photo (i.e. web, publication, slide show); and, 4.) duration of use.

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.

Public-Domain Software:

Links are provided to public domain software developed by or for the Chesapeake Bay Program partners. Although these programs have been used by the Chesapeake Bay Program partners, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the Chesapeake Bay Program partners as the accuracy and functioning of these program and related program material.

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, industrial, academic, and stakeholder partners. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners make every effort to provide and maintain accurate, complete, usable, and timely information on our web site. However, some data and information accessed through these pages may, of necessity, be preliminary in nature and presented prior to final review and approval by the appropriate Workgroup, Subcommittee or Committee within the Chesapeake Bay Program. These data and information are provided with the understanding that they are not guaranteed to be correct or complete and are often marked "draft". Users are cautioned to consider carefully the provisional nature of these data and information before using them for decision 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 data and information are the sole responsibility of the user.


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 documents posted on this web site contain 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 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.


None of the Chesapeake 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.

Chesapeake Bay Program Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Chesapeake Bay Program’s website! Our privacy policy is very simple: We collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. Some of our web pages (such as our comment form, online publication order forms, conference and training registration forms) let you voluntarily submit personal information. We donot give, share, sell, or transfer any of this personal information to a third party.

If you want to know more about how we record non-personal information about your visit, how we use information that you voluntarily submit using forms or e-mail, or our use of cookies and links, then continue on. Otherwise, enjoy your visit!

Non-personal Information We Record:

If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Web site, read pages, or download information, our website's operating system will automatically record some general information about your visit.

During your visit, our Web operating system will record:

1. The Internet domain for your Internet service, such as "" or "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you connect from a college or university domain and IP address (a number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the web) from which you access our site.

2. The type and version of browser (such as "Netscape version X" or "Internet Explorer version X") that you use and the type of operating system you use (such as Macintosh, Unix, or Windows).

4. The date and time you visit our site, and the Web pages that you visit on our site.

5. The pages you visit.

6. The address of the previous website you were visiting, if you linked to us from another website.

We use this information for statistical analysis, to help us make our site more useful to visitors. This information is only used internally, does not record information about individuals, and will only be used for internal management purposes.


On certain Bay Program webpages, we use "cookies" to help you use our web sites interactively. A cookie is a small file that a Web site transfers to your computer's hard disk, usually to keep track of you while you are connected to that site.

The cookies on Bay Program webpages do not collect information about you, but only about your browser "session." The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of these Web pages, without having to provide the same information again as you move from one page to another.

To protect your privacy, be sure to close your browser completely after you have finished conducting business with a web site that uses cookies. If you are concerned about the potential use of information gathered from your computer by cookies, you can set your browser to prompt you before it accepts a cookie. Most Internet browsers have settings that let you identify and/or reject cookies.

Information from E-mail You Send to Us:

If you decide to send us an electronic mail message (e-mail), the message will usually contain your return e-mail address. If you include personally-identifying information in your e-mail because you want us to address issues specific to your situation, we may use that information in responding to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other Bay Program partner agencies who may be better able to help you or answer your question. We do not distribute lists of e-mail addresses to any parties outside of the Bay Program and its partners.

Information Collected from Interactive Forms:

On some of our web pages we offer interactive forms that let you voluntarily submit personal information (such as your e-mail address, name, or organization). This occurs when you are registering for various conferences, workshops, or training sessions offered by the Chesapeake Bay Program or it's partners, or ordering publications from our publications database. In those cases, all submitted information is used only for the expressed purposes for which it is intended and is not made available to any third party. We do require you to submit a profile if you are downloading data from our data hub. This information is used to determine user profiles of our data users, as well as the types of data they are interested in.

Links to Other Sites:

Our website has many links to Bay Program partners sites. However, we also link to other websites we find interesting or relevant. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. The privacy policies and procedures described here do not apply to any external links. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any site you link to from ours, especially if you share any personal information. Except as required by law, we do not share our e-mail with any other outside organizations.