WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced that decades of data related to the Chesapeake Bay will be added to Virginia’s Open Data Portal.
Speaking at William & Mary Tuesday, McAuliffe said, “We are making decades of research and hard work available to the public so scientists, entrepreneurs, and innovators can build on this information and develop the next generation of tools to help us maintain and preserve this valuable ecosystem.”
The state says “Bay Data” is run by William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and houses information in a wide variety of Chesapeake Bay-related topics, including fish and crab abundance, tidal-marsh condition and health and water-quality trends.
“Our stewardship of the Bay requires cutting edge science and the ability to easily use data to make our management decisions,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward. “This information will help managers and citizens alike pursue strategies for success in our restoration efforts.”
The Office of Gov. McAuliffe says Bay Data will provide this information to people in a variety of fields so that the state can better protect the bay. Entrepreneurs can now access the data to create programs to “better engage the next generation of Bay stewards.”
The state says postings to Bay Data will finalized and added in the coming months.