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Fixed Station Monthly Monitoring

Fixed station monthly monitoring The fixed station monthly monitoring program consists of sites that have been sampled monthly or twice monthly since 1985. Sites are visited by our Research Vessel Kerhin and smaller boats, or accessed via road/ferry crossings. Water quality profiles are taken, as well as nutrient, sediment and chlorophyll samples. Virginia follows identical sampling protocols and full data results are available via the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Data Hub.

These data are the backbone of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays management and restoration efforts. They are instrumental in determining the long-term trends and current status of water quality in the region. The data underlie products such as water quality report cards and barometers, as well as models that help to refine watershed management efforts.

Fixed station, monthly monitoring data is currently available for 101 stations. Charts for water temperature, salinity, pH, secchi depth (water clarity), and bottom dissolved oxygen depict the long-term monthly minimum, maximum and average results versus current monthly conditions.

Click here to view a downloadable table of Long Term Fixed Stations, with site coordinates.

Query for charts and a summary table of data below:

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Bottom dissolved oxygen (mg/L)
Water temperature (°F)
Secchi depth (m)
Salinity (ppt)


Location: Northeast of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
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Coordinates (NAD83):
Latitude: 39.0033°, Longitude: - 76.3467°
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Description: This station is a mid-channel site located in the upper Chesapeake Bay, just northeast of the Bay Bridge. This station is located in the turbidity maximum, where salt water from the ocean and freshwater from the upper Bay mix. The station is in the mesohaline zone (salinity 5 to 18 ppt); however, the station has quite a range in salinity. The approximate depth is 21 meters.

2023 Bottom Water Dissolved Oxygen

Bottom Water Dissolved Oxygen (mg/l)

Bottom Water Dissolved Oxygen (mg/l)
Chesapeake Bay Mainstem / Bay Bridge (NE) (CB3.3E)
Month Minimum Mean Maximum 2022 2023
January 9.17 10.47 11.70 Not Sampled Not Sampled
February 9.96 11.71 13.07 Not Sampled Not Sampled
March 6.60 10.05 13.30 10.80 10.10
April 4.00 7.65 11.30 9.90 7.80
May 0.66 4.90 9.80 5.30 4.50
June 1.20 3.92 8.40 4.60 6.65
July 1.70 3.76 6.20 3.20 3.25
August 1.55 4.01 6.60 3.85 6.40
September 2.80 5.20 7.70 5.10 Not Sampled
October 2.75 6.30 8.50 7.30 Not Sampled
November 8.08 8.98 10.19 Not Sampled Not Sampled
December 8.87 9.07 9.20 Not Sampled Not Sampled

NOTE: 'Not Sampled' can mean either the station was logistically unable to be sampled, or the data are still in the collection and processing phase. Results displayed are provisional and have not undergone full Quality Assurance procedures, and as such we cannot guarantee their accuracy at this time.