Chesapeake Tributaries Initiative

The Susquehanna River including the West Branch, spans more than 700 miles from its headwaters in Cooperstown, New York, down to its connection to the Chesapeake Bay in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The mighty Susquehanna and its West Branch deliver nearly 20 billion gallons of freshwater into the Chesapeake Bay each day, making it responsible for nearly half of all of the freshwater entering the Bay. The Susquehanna River is also an important wildlife habitat and place for outdoor recreation.

As the lifeblood of the Chesapeake, much of our work in precision conservation⁠—using data and technology to identify the right place, the right practice, the right size, and the right time to maximize success while using less resources such as time and money⁠—is focused on the Susquehanna. Together with our partners, Chesapeake Conservancy is working to create a healthier environment upstream, for a healthier Chesapeake Bay downstream.