There are signs of recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.
Bay grasses, crabs and rockfish are all showing resilience, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program.
The grasses in particularly in the large Susquehanna Flats near the top of the bay not only survived a tropical storm two years ago but have been coming back in a dramatic way in the mid-bay areas.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the latest survey still found that only 34 percent of the bay met the standards for water oxygen levels while water clarity was still deemed very poor.
The Program is partnership between the federal government and the Bay watershed states to coordinate cleanup efforts.
The Environmental Protection Agency is being challenged in court with the claim that it overstepped its authority.