The CMC is excited to announce a new project collecting benthic samples across the watershed to fill in data gaps for the Chesapeake Basin-wide Index of Biotic Integrity, or the Chessie BIBI. This project, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, relies on the CMC and our local connections throughout the Chesapeake region to collect tier II benthic samples from under-sampled watersheds. These sites are being identified and samples are being processed through a partnership with the EPA Wheeling Lab. This project will be a great opportunity to engage existing benthic monitors in a new monitoring protocol and to get water quality monitors involved in benthic monitoring. Stay tuned later in the year for opportunities to get involved in this project!