Chesapeake Bay Program

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10:08 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Bay Grasses Making Come Back

Bay Grasses
Credit Chesapeake Bay Program

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Scientists say an indicator of the Chesapeake Bay's health - underwater grasses - has reversed a three-year downward trend.

The Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual report on underwater grasses on Monday. The program says the abundance of underwater grasses increased 24 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Underwater grasses are considered critical to the bay ecosystem because they offer food to small invertebrates and migratory birds and shelter for young fish and blue crabs.

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8:37 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Improves

Chesapeake Bay
Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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.

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8:42 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Sediment from Conowingo Dam, Drag on Bay Cleanup


Sediment from the Conowingo Dam is threatening the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.


Bruce Michael with the Department of Natural Resources said that Exelon must take into account the flow of as part of the relicensing of its hydro-electric power plant.


Exelon’s license expires in September 2014 and Michael said that the sediments behind the dam have been identified as the highest priority issue for relisencing.


A new study by the Chesapeake Bay Program found that sediment from the dam was increasing.

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11:56 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Underwater Grasses in Chesapeake Bay on Decline

 

      BALTIMORE (AP) - Chesapeake Bay scientists say underwater grasses declined more than 20 percent last year, a blow to many fish and other species that need the grass to live or breed.

     Heavy rains and snow melt that sent tons of mud and debris into the bay and extreme summer heat are being blamed for the loss of the key habitat.

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