Saturday, January 5, 2013
Better news for the Chesapeake Bay - at least a bit
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's annual "State of the Bay" report has some modest good news for our beloved estuary.
On a scale of 100, the report rates the Bay's health at 32. That may not sound like much, but it's a 1 point increase from last year, and a 10 percent improvement since 2008. The report rates the health of the Bay using a number of metrics, including dissolved oxygen (which is good), the presence of underwater grasses, the prevalence of phosphorous and other pollutants; and of course the health of our treasured blue crabs, oysters and rockfish.
Is this a turning point for the Bay? We hope so. That would be good news for us, and for creatures like this gorgeous Swamp Sparrow.
Save the Bay!