Educational Resources for Teachers
DNR collects environmental data throughout Maryland, including the Chesapeake and coastal bays. A large portion of this data is available for teachers to use in their classrooms.
Contact: Bruce Michael
Access real-time Chesapeake and Coastal Bays water quality monitoring data using our interactive map. This is a great site for students to learn about how water quality affects fish, crabs, bay grass and other bay life. Download water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and chlorophyll data for classroom exploration, interpretation and discussion.
Contact: Bruce Michael
The Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program measures key components of the ecosystem, including pollutant inputs, water quality, habitat and living resources. The information is vital for evaluating the progress of management actions aimed at restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, for our efforts to address emerging issues such as Pfiesteria, and to provide guidance for future actions. Monitoring data is also used for research and efforts to model the Bay ecosystem.
Contact: Dan Boward
The Maryland Biological Stream Survey (MBSS) collects data on water chemistry, aquatic invertebrates (stream insects, clams, crayfish), fish, aquatic grasses, physical habitat, and amphibians and reptiles in streams across Maryland to help scientists determine the health of Maryland's streams. This data was collected from 1995 - 1997 and covers 17 major stream basins. Descriptions of the data files, the "Guide to Using 1995-1997 Maryland Biological Stream Survey Data", and the data files (in zipped form) are available from this site. The 1.1 MB data guide explains how to use the data.
Contact: Jeffrey Halka
Description: The Coastal and Estuarine Geology Program of the DNR Maryland Geological Survey provides information on the geology of Maryland's coastal environments including the changing shorelines of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast and the replenishment of beach sand.
Contact: Cathy Wazniak
Description: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the lead agency in implementing the "Maryland Coastal Bays Environmental Monitoring Program." The goals of the environmental monitoring are to carry out technically sound assessments of the health of Maryland’s Coastal Bays, track our progress at restoring the bays, and identify necessary modifications to current and future management efforts.
Contact: James Reger
Email: email@example.com or go to Who to contact if you have a question about Maryland Geology and email the person pertinent to the topic of your question/inquiry.
Description: The DNR Maryland Geological Survey provides information on the geology and geohydrology of Maryland. Many free geologic fact sheets, pamphlets, images, and maps are available on the web on topics ranging from fossils and earthquakes to groundwater and coastlines.
Description: Maintained by the US Geological Survey, you can get real-time data on surface water, ground water, and water quality. Clickable maps allow you to find information on the river nearest you or downstream.
Description: Material in the IRC's main collection circulates to staff and volunteers of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The public is welcome to use these resources here in the IRC or to arrange to borrow materials with their local library through interlibrary loan. We are located in Annapolis at the Tawes State Office Building.
Contact: Ken Miller
Description: MERLIN Online is an electronic atlas that allows a user to produce a custom map for any location in Maryland. The user can include their choice of base map and theme data layers. It also allows the user to query the system to obtain information about specific locations. An amazing educational tool!
Contact: Luke Roberson
Description: This portion of the DNR web site contains a wealth of information on the flowing freshwater resources in Maryland, from the "stream in my backyard" to the mighty Potomac River. The site includes the Maryland Biological Stream Survey, Stream Waders, Stream Corridor Assessment, Long Term Monitoring and other monitoring projects, as well as publications available online, volunteer information, and a "Streams 101" section.