The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and one of the largest and most productive in the world. Being an estuary is a place where salt and fresh water mix amid the ebb and flow of tides. This seemingly simple combination makes for an unusually rich and complex natural environment blessed with a great abundance and diversity of plant and animal life.
For thousands of years the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries have attracted human settlement. The Bay influenced where and how people lived in its watershed. Today’s Chesapeake Bay is the product of the dynamic interaction of people, place, nature, and the water over time—an interconnectedness that continues to shape it.
Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and the third largest in the world. But that’s not the only amazing thing about the Bay. Did you know that it holds about 15 trillion gallons of water and that its shoreline meanders about 12,000 miles?
Here are some more interesting more facts and figures about the Chesapeake Bay: