A Collaborative Cleanup Effort In the late 1970s, U.S. Senator Charles “Mac” Mathias (R-Md.) sponsored a Congressionally funded $27 million, five-year study (PDF – Leaving MDE) that identified excess nutrient pollution as the leading cause of Chesapeake Bay degradation.
As forests and wetlands have been replaced by farms, cities, and suburbs to accommodate a growing population, nitrogen and phosphorus pollution to the Chesapeake Bay has greatly increased. Poor water quality has negatively affected important species such as submerged bay grasses, blue crab, oysters, and fish species.Jul 16, 2021
A Collaborative Cleanup Effort In the late 1970s, U.S. Senator Charles “Mac” Mathias (R-Md.) sponsored a Congressionally funded $27 million, five-year study (PDF - Leaving MDE) that identified excess nutrient pollution as the leading cause of Chesapeake Bay degradation.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the current year (measured from October 1, 2019—September 30, 2020) has been normal, with flows entering the Bay at an average of 77,665 cubic feet per second, which is slightly below the long-term average of 79,000 cubic feet per second.Oct 28, 2020
The Chesapeake Bay is very polluted and the minimal beach access in Chesapeake Beach makes the idea of a day away at the beach undesirable. Other than the plans for the beach day, there is a water park in the town limits that is clean and fun, and a few small shops that are locally owned.
The word Chesepiooc is an Algonquian word referring to a village "at a big river." The name “Chesapeake” may refer to the Chesepian or Chesapeake people, a Native American tribe who inhabited the area surrounding what is now known as Hampton Roads, Virginia.Nov 28, 2018
Chesapeake Bay salinity The head of the Bay and its tidal rivers are fresh, with a salinity of less than 0.5 ppt. The middle portion of the Bay and its tidal rivers are brackish: a mixture of salt and fresh water. Brackish water has a salinity of greater than 0.5 ppt but less than 25 ppt.
According to the Chesapeake Bay Program, there are at least 12 species of sharks found in the Bay. While some are quite abundant, others are very rare. The five most common sharks in the Bay include the sandbar shark, bull shark, sand tiger shark, smooth dogfish, and spiney dogfish.Aug 11, 2020
A number of factors have contributed to the decline in the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population, including over-harvesting, disease (like MSX and Dermo), sedimentation and poor water quality. What is the ideal salinity for eastern oysters?
Unfortunately, the Chesapeake Bay faces serious problems due to human activities, including polluted stormwater runoff, over-fertilization and pollution from animal wastes, deforestation, wetland destruction from agricultural, urban, and suburban development, and sea level rise caused by global climate change.