SIMPLIFYING THE PROCESS

Founded in 2001, the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CHWA CESU) is a partnership among 31 research institutions and 9 federal agencies whose members strive to understand and protect the natural and cultural resources of the region.

The CHWA CESU streamlines the process by which research institutions learn about federal agencies and grantors post Requests for Statements of Interest. Research institution partners provide leadership in watershed science and stewardship with special emphasis on the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay.

TO PROTECT WHAT MATTERS

The Chesapeake Watershed is home to more than 3,600 species and over 15 million people all competing for resources and space within this 64,000 square mile region. The CHWA CESU promotes stewardship and integrated ecosystem management of natural and cultural resources within the Chesapeake Watershed through collaborative research, technical assistance, and education.

ABOUT US

Established in August 2001, the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CHWA CESU) is a partnership among 31 university/research institutions and 9 federal agencies whose members strive to understand and protect the natural and cultural resources of the region. With the Appalachian Laboratory as its lead administrative agency, the CHWA CESU is one of a national network of 17 such cooperative research units.

OUR MISSION

The CHWA CESU fosters stewardship of the watershed through collaborative research, technical assistance, and education that support integrated ecosystem management. Emphasizing interdisciplinary and multi-scale approaches, the CHWA CESU addresses the complex and interrelated biological, physical, cultural, and social resources and issues within this urbanizing landscape. The CHWA CESU provides national and international leadership in watershed science and stewardship.

CESU Administrative Guidance

For administrative guidance about all things CESU, please visit the National CESU website.

For additional information on how our federal partners process CESU awards, please visit the following links:
Department of Defense.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
US Forest Service.
National Park Service.