Mission & Vision

"We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
- Jacques Cousteau

Seeing our Toes


This pioneer observatory will allow us to take the pulse of every aspect of the watershed. The data and results will be Internet available to agencies, academics, resource managers, and scientists. It will be melded with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for formal and informal educators throughout the Chester River Watershed. The program will be exportable to other local, regional, national and global water bodies.


To make the Chester River the best understood river in the world and to use this data in schools to teach students about the environment.


The program will be tied to the social, economic and cultural aspects of the watershed.

A series of observation buoys throughout the river will allow the recording, archiving, and forecasting of water quality conditions in the Chester River.

18 schools in the Chester River Watershed will be fitted with a weather station that is linked to the internet. This will allow the microclimate within the watershed to be monitored and analyzed.

STEM education will be integrated across the county curriculum through interactive hands-on programs (developed by CES staff) including: Build a Buoy, Basic Observation Buoys, and Aquabotz.

Through the Rivers to the Bay program, teachers will learn how to use the river and the watershed as a means for teaching science, history, reading, math, art, and leadership.

Benthic and shoreline habitat will be mapped using the Callinectes, the Lookdown, and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. The results will be melded with aerial imagery to reveal to bathymetry of the river.

Technology will be introduced that allows scientists to monitor and measure fish moving to and from the Bay.

Models that simulate river flow under a variety of conditions will be constructed and available online. The models will help convey where best management practices may improve water quality.

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