Dead Zones in Chesapeake Bay Down

Jul 17, 2012

The Chesapeake Bay has seen a good year so far when it comes to – what are called – dead zones.

Because of the mild winter, a dry spring and a hot summer not much rain has been around…to move pollution from farms and city streets into water ways.

As a result the dead zones that usually show up this time of summer…are much smaller.

The nutrient pollution feeds algae blooms that eventually eat up the oxygen in the water.

Bruce Michael with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources says that only 12 percent of the bay was low in oxygen in June compared with more than 30 percent last year.