Aerial and Field SAV Observations

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Surveying SAV in the Chicahominy RiverThe VIMS Aerial and Field SAV Observations website is designed to quickly share SAV observations with others in the Chesapeake Bay community. Each year the Annual SAV Aerial Survey provides a comprehensive assessment of SAV distribution and abundance in Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and the coastal bays. Due to the nature of the imagery and the scope of the project, the survey does not provide species information for each SAV bed that is mapped. Thanks to the combined effort of professionals and volunteers working in the bay, we are able to provide species observations for many areas, complementing our aerial coverage.

If you have data that you would like to submit to our annual ground survey, please follow these guidelines and email the data to Your observations are greatly appreciated and we will incorporate the data we receive via email into the annual survey. In addition to emailing your detailed observations, we encourage you to use this website to post your general observations of SAV and water quality conditions for the area you visited. By sharing our observations, we can all get a much clearer picture of how the system is currently doing.

You’ll find detailed instructions on how to create an account and add your observations here.

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