Join the CMC

How to Join

  1. Fill out the Application for Assistance
  2. Connect with a CMC Service Provider
  3. Complete any study design workshops identified by your CMC Service Provider and finalize your monitoring program details
  4. Complete a water quality or benthic macroinvertebrate training by your CMC Service Provider
  5. Upload data to the Chesapeake Data Explorer

What does it mean to be a CMC Member?

CMC members include organizations, groups and communities, working with the CMC to access and share data.

The CMC service providers in return provide general support for starting or maintaining a monitoring program including:

  • Study design workshops
  • Water quality and benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring trainings
  • Review of current methods and procedures to determine tier levels
  • Obtaining initial monitoring equipment
  • Data interpretation and report card development workshops
  • Access to the Chesapeake Data Explorer to store your data and manage your program
  • Uploading your data to the Chesapeake Bay Program

CMC members work with their CMC service provider to determine which services their program needs.

Who can participate?

Any group interested in establishing a volunteer water quality monitoring program in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Watershed organizations
  • Environmental and conservation groups
  • Soil and water conservation districts
  • Local and state governments or commissions
  • Educational groups
  • Individuals

Any group listed above that already collects water quality data and wants to contribute to the Chesapeake Bay Program and wider audiences.

CMC Members


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