According to data from the U.S. EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, between 2010 and 2011, 3,775 acres of tidal and non-tidal wetlands were established or reestablished in the Bay watershed. In 2011, Virginia led the other Bay states and the District of Columbia in the number of wetland acres established or re-established. The following amounts were accomplished by the different Bay jurisdictions in 2011:
123 acres in Delaware;
750 acres in Maryland;
625 acres in New York;
254 acres in Pennsylvania;
1,653 acres in Virginia;
369 acres in West Virginia;
0 acres in the District of Columbia.
According to the Bay Program’s “Restoration and Protection Efforts/Restoring Wetlands” Web site, the Bay watershed-wide goal for wetland restoration is 30,000 acres by 2025.
Sources: Our Bay: Virginia leads wetland restoration, Annapolis Capital, 9/24/12; and Chesapeake Bay Program Web site, http://www.chesapeakebay.net/indicators/indicator/restoring_wetlands, accessed 10/2/12.