Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improved Last Year - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improved Last Year

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC)- A report by environmental scientists says the health of the Chesapeake Bay has improved as efforts to reduce runoff from land continue.
    
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science released the 10th annual report Tuesday. The center says improvements in 2015 in water quality, chlorphyll and nitrogen levels contributed to a resurgence in aquatic grasses. The bay's health scored 53 percent, or a "C," which is one of the three highest scores since 1986. The bay scored a 50 percent in 2014 and a 45 percent in 2013.
    
One indicator that declined was total phosphorus, excess quantities of which can lead to algae blooms.
    
The numbers of striped bass held steady, blue crab and bay anchovy improved.

"Improvements could be related to a number of factors, including several years of moderate weather, sewage treatment upgrades, use of winter cover crops by farmers, and reductions in atmospheric nitrogen deposition," according to the UM Center for Environmental Science.

Read the full report here.

  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Meteorologist Brian Keane Bids Farewell to WBOC and Delmarva

    Meteorologist Brian Keane Bids Farewell to WBOC and Delmarva

    Meteorologist Brian Keane says farewell to WBOC and Delmarva, and shares how he plans to spend the next chapter of his life.

    More

    Meteorologist Brian Keane says farewell to WBOC and Delmarva, and shares how he plans to spend the next chapter of his life.

    More
  • Christmas Open House to Benefit Bless Our Children

    Christmas Open House to Benefit Bless Our Children

    A couple in Wyoming, Delaware is opening up their home to the community to help them get into the holiday spirit.

    James and Ronicca Teagle have been decorating their home for the last 15 years.  Each year they welcome tours through every room of their home and give back to a special Delmarva charity.  This year the Teagles are giving back to Bless Our Children.

    More

    A couple in Wyoming, Delaware is opening up their home to the community to help them get into the holiday spirit.

    James and Ronicca Teagle have been decorating their home for the last 15 years.  Each year they welcome tours through every room of their home and give back to a special Delmarva charity.  This year the Teagles are giving back to Bless Our Children.

    More
  • Space Heater Safety Urged as Temperatures Plummet

    Space Heater Safety Urged as Temperatures Plummet

    With temperatures expected to drop in the coming weeks, fire safety officials are urging people who use space heaters to warm up rooms or homes to be careful in where and when they use the devices.

    Dover Assistant Fire Chief Chris Jacobs said there does tend to be an increased number of space heater fires once it becomes much colder. Those incidents, he said, are often caused by people who place heaters near combustible materials or leave them unattended while still on.

    More

    With temperatures expected to drop in the coming weeks, fire safety officials are urging people who use space heaters to warm up rooms or homes to be careful in where and when they use the devices.

    Dover Assistant Fire Chief Chris Jacobs said there does tend to be an increased number of space heater fires once it becomes much colder. Those incidents, he said, are often caused by people who place heaters near combustible materials or leave them unattended while still on.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices