Tools for Gateways
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Being a Chesapeake Bay Gateway is about making a difference. It’s about telling the Bay story, helping people access the Bay’s special resources, and stimulating involvement in Bay stewardship.

This section provides a range of key Network tools and information for making this happen. If you need further assistance, contact a member of the National Park Service staff.

Gateways Website / Website Assistance
Submit request to add, edit or change information about your site for the Gateways website.
Login and update your site's calendar of events. (Download a guidance document for uploading events)
Information sheets for creating Gateways website entries:
        Sheet for Gateway Sites (Word format)
        Sheet for New/Developing Water Trails (Word format)
Website Help
        On-line Logo Banners
        Writing for the Web: Guidelines PDF file - 51 kb .pdf
        Website Road Map to Success: User-Centered Design Approach PDF file - 97 kb .pdf
        User-Centered Design Approach: Diagram PDF file - 19 kb .ppt

Assistance and Advice
On-line information and assistance is available for the following topics:
Gateways Graphics & Design
        Guide to Graphic Standards
        Water Trail Signage graphic standard PDF file - 593 kb .pdf
        Gateways Logos
        Signage Examples
Interpretation - Telling the Bay Story
        American Indian Interpretation
        Interpretive planning assistance
Water Trail Development
        Water Trail Tool Kit - an online tool kit explaining how to plan, build and manage a water trail
Community Involvement Tool Kit

Network-wide Initiatives
Check on efforts underway to enhance the overall Network.
Gateways Network Exhibits
Gateways Needs Assessment Survey
Development of Support Organization

Gateways Grants
The National Park Service provides matching grants for projects to enhance designated Gateways. Visit our Gateways Grants section for more on our grants program.

Meetings and Workshops
Click here to find out about upcoming meetings, conferences, and workshops.

Chesapeake Bay Special Resource Study

Responding to a request from Congress included within report language for the Fiscal Year 1999 Interior Appropriations Act, the National Park Service prepared the Chesapeake Bay Special Resource Study and Final Environmental Impact Statement (SRS/FEIS) to explore the potential for a new unit of the National Park System focused on the Chesapeake Bay. The SRS/FEIS examines: whether having additional Chesapeake Bay resources within the Naitonal Park System would meet NPS criteria and would advance partnership efforts to conserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay; defines alternative concepts for how the National Park System might best represent the resources and significance of the Chesapeake Bay; and identifies a preferred alternative.

Download the entire report - .pdf (17 MB) (Note: this is a very large file and will take a significant amount of time to download, especially for those on dial-up connections)

Download individual chapters and sections:

  • Abstract - .pdf (75 kb)
  • Executive Summary - .pdf (135 kb)
  • Table of Contents .pdf (48 kb)
  • Section 1- Purpose and Need For Action - .pdf (145 kb)
  • Section 2 - National Significance of the Chesapeake Bay - .pdf (176 kb)
  • Section 3 - Analysis of Opportunities - .pdf (188 kb)
  • Section 4 - Conceptual Alternatives - .pdf (1.1 MB)
  • Section 5 - Affected Environment - .pdf (350 kb)
  • Section 6 - Environmental Consequences - .pdf (302 kb)
  • Section 7 - Environmentally Preferred Alternative -.pdf (102 kb)
  • Section 8 - Consultation and Coordination - .pdf (187 kb)
  • Section 9 - References - .pdf (69 kb)
  • Appendix A - Sub-Themes Associated with the Chesapeake Bay - .pdf (75 kb)
  • Appendix B - Comments from Federal, State and Local Government Agencies and Nongovernmental Organizations - .pdf (15.4 MB)
  • Appendix C - Suggested Places Based on Public and Agency Comments - .pdf (76 kb)

Record of Decision: Chesapeake Bay Special Resource Study & Final Environmental Impact Statement - .pdf (144 kb)

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network - Comments or Questions: Call: 1-800-YOUR-BAY