If success in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort depends on action at the local level, a new publication catalogs 100 examples that show people are already busy at the task.

"Chesapeake Bay Communities: Making the Connection," provides case studies of local actions that have been taken throughout the watershed to protect waterways and habitats, reduce pollution, manage development, and other actions that can benefit both the local environment and the Bay.

The 190-page catalog was compiled by the Bay Program's Local Government Advisory Committee and its Land, Growth and Stewardship Subcommittee. It highlights innovative projects by local governments, citizen groups and developers that can be applied by others throughout the watershed. For each case study, there is a description of the project, a summary of its benefits and results, information about its cost and funding source, and a contact.

Examples include such diverse projects as the Piedmont Environmental Council's "Piedmont Reserve" program in which the owners of more than 325,000 acres of farms and forests have taken various actions to preserve their land as open space, to the 344-acre Northridge community by developer Michael T. Rose which combines human and wildlife habitats in a way that won awards from several environmental groups.

The catalog categorizes projects into nine categories: local land use management and policy; watershed management; water quality and nutrient reduction; living resource protection and habitat restoration; pollution prevention; forest conservation and riparian forest protection and restoration; agricultural preservation and conservation; land stewardship; and public information and education.

Copies of the catalog are free. For a copy, call the Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 1-800-968-7229.