Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CHWA CESU) Cooperative Agreement

CHWA CESU AGMT 2021-2026

The 2021-2026 agreement is now fully executed for all signed partners. Any partner who has not yet signed, will remain “inactive” until their signature page has been received (per Article III. A.).

Please contact Dan Filer,, or Rhonda Schwinabart,, with any questions regarding your institution's status.


Amendment 1- adding Austin Peay State University, Chesapeake Conservancy, Georgetown University, Immaculata University, Marymount University, the US Naval Academy, and Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources.

Amendment 2- replacing Lock Haven University and Mansfield University with Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania

Amendment 3- adding Monument Lab and Preservation Maryland

Hands shaking in agreement

Past Agreements


Amendment 1 adding Shepherd University

Amendment 2 adding Virginia Tech

Amendment 3 adding Binghamton University, Bowie State University, Ecological Society of America, Longwood University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Morgan State University,Ohio University, Park Rx America, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Stroud Water Research Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and University of Pennsylvania

Amendment 4 adding Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


Amendment 5 adding Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Bryn Mawr College, DC Department of Energy and Environment, Hood College, Lock Haven University, Mansfield University, Old Dominion University, Smithsonian Institution, Towson University, and West Virginia University

Amendment 6 adding National Aeronautics and Space Administration; American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Association of African American Museums; Gallaudet University; Indiana University; Johns Hopkins University; Live It, Learn It; Monmouth University; NatureServe; and Temple University

Amendment 7 adding Conservation Science Global

Amendment 1 adding George Washington University and Shippensburg University

Amendment 2 adding University of Richmond and Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Amendment 3 adding Garrett College and Virginia Commonwealth University

Amendment 4 adding Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's Division of Natural Heritage

Amendment 1  adding Delaware State University

Amendment 2  adding US Army Corps of Engineers-Civil Works, the University of Delaware, and the Academy of Natural Sciences

Amendment 3 adding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Amendment 4 adding the US Fish and Wildlife Service, American University, Christopher Newport University, Howard University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Mary Washington, and the University of Virginia

Amendment 1 adding the US Forest Service

Amendment 2 adding the College of William and Mary and the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Amendment 3 adding the Natural Resource Conservation Service

Amendment 4 adding the American Bird Conservancy and James Madison University

Other CESU Agreements