The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

January 2, 2013

New report shows improving health for the Chesapeake Bay

ANNAPOLIS, Md.  — The health of the Chesapeake Bay improved slightly last year, according to a new report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The foundation announced today  that underwater grasses were the only bay health indicator that worsened in 2012. The Susquehanna River flows into the bay.

Aquatic grasses were hurt by high water temperatures in the lower bay and heavy rains that washed sediment and pollution into local waterways. On the positive side, crabs, oysters and bay water oxygen levels improved.

The foundation gave the bay an overall score of 32 out of 100, up one point over the last report in 2010 and four points since 2008.

Foundation President Will Baker says the bay is still dangerously out of balance, but he is cautiously optimistic that a new federally led bay restoration strategy is beginning to work.

1
Text Only
News
The Daily Marquee
Poll

Are you among those who will be completing and mailing your tax forms today?

Yes
No - Already Filed
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.