Established in August 2001, the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CHWA CESU) is a partnership among 53 university/research institutions and 11 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.

For more information about the CHWA CESU, please visit the following links:

What is a CESU? 

Information for Prospective Partners

National Park Service Guidance

CHWA CESU Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

CHWA CESU Meetings 

CHWA CESU Newsletters

CHWA CESU Projects

CHWA CESU Reporting Form 

CHWA CESU Contact Form