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Forecast: Chesapeake Bay to have a smaller ‘dead zone’ this year


June 22, 2020
By Maryland Matters

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Researchers from the Chesapeake Bay Program, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Michigan and U.S. Geological Survey predict that the “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay will be 9 percent lower than average and the amount of water with no oxygen will be 5 percent lower than the average.

This is due to less rainfall and less nutrient run-off this spring. This year, the Chesapeake Bay nitrogen pollution levels were 17 percent, which is slightly below average. | READ MORE