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Report: Chesapeake Bay Health Improved Last Year

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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.

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