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Two Reports Show Improvement In Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

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SNOW HILL, Md. - According to two new reports released by local leaders, it appears the quality of the Chesapeake Bay is slowly improving.

Sens. Ben Cardin and Tom Carper addressed a crowd at the Delmarva Chicken Festival in Snow Hill on Friday, applauding the efforts made to change the agriculture industry over the past 10 years.

According to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2012 State of the Bay report, five of 13 indicators improved, seven stayed the same, and only one declined. Dissolved oxygen, nitrogen/phosphorus levels, and blue crabs showed the most improvement. Also, the EPA recently issued its 2011-2012 Bay Barometer report, which also shows decreasing amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment and fewer "dead zones" in the Bay.

"What these reports show is that we made significant progress," said Cardin. We talk about 'dead zones,' well, it's at it's lowest level since the 1980s."

 

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