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 collect and share data throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. To become a member a monitoring group at a minimum agrees to:

  • Follow written sampling protocols and quality assurance procedures consistent with the CMC standard operating procedure and quality assurance project plans
  • Document site locations with latitude and longitude coordinates
  • Document data on field datasheets
  • Upload data to the Chesapeake Data Explorer

The CMC service providers in return provide general support for starting or maintaining a monitoring program based on the needs of the CMC members.

Who can participate?

Any group interested in establishing a new volunteer water quality monitoring program or has an existing monitoring program and wants to contribute to the Chesapeake Bay Program and wider audiences. 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
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Educational groups
  • Individuals

CMC Members


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