Officials release Chesapeake Bay report
The annual Chesapeake Bay program report is showing positive results across the board showing positive results.The report showed that water quality has improved, blue crabs are more abundant than they have been in years, and underwater grasses are meeting their growth goal. In total the bay scored a 54% compared to 53% in 2015 and 50% in 2014. While this is only a slight improvement, officials say it's encouraging to see the health of the bay keeping steady despite the many pressures on the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
"What this signals and what a lot of the different studies have signaled is that the bay is definitely improving but it's also got a long way to go. What this points to is the fact that what we need is continued efforts like we've had," said Biological Sciences Professor for Salisbury University Judith Stribling.
Stribling also added that the bay's progress could be threatened by proposed federal cuts to the program.