Published: June 1, 2020

MSU researchers to develop management tool for Chesapeake Bay watershed

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Two Michigan State University researchers will develop a multi-objective optimization tool to help agencies make better informed management decisions for the Chesapeake Bay watershed with a $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Spanning six states and Washington D.C., the Chesapeake Bay watershed feeds the country’s largest estuary, which consists of more than 180,000 miles of streams, creeks and rivers.

According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the watershed helps filter and protect 75% of the drinking water for the area’s 18 million residents.

“In addition to drinking water, these waters are vital to the region’s thousands of plant and animal species,” said project co-lead Pouyan Nejadhashemi, an MSU foundation professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. “There is also rich historical significance and plentiful opportunities for recreation.”

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