Water, Earth, Sky

Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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Bay health slowly improving, says CBF

The health of the Chesapeake Bay is slowly improving, though much more cleanup work remains to be done, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 2012 State of the Bay report.

The bay’s health, according to the report released this morning, is up one point over the last report in 2010, and up four points since 2008. Of the 13 indicators that make up the report, five improved, seven stayed the same, and one declined. Indicators include:  oysters, shad, crabs, striped bass, underwater grasses, wetlands, forested buffers, resource lands, toxics, water clarity, dissolved oxygen, and phosphorus and nitrogen pollution.  The report comes as the federal government and bay states implement actions aimed at restoring the nation’s largest estuary by 2025.