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Experts warn of 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay from pollution

Jul. 6, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) — When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job of harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt before it could flow miles downstream and pollute the...

Fisherman nets human leg bone in creek near Chesapeake Bay

Jul. 3, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A fisherman in Virginia recently netted a human leg bone in a creek off Chesapeake Bay. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the femur was caught in David Shourds' cast net Tuesday after it got snagged on the creek's bottom. The bone measured about 1½ feet (0.5 meters) and was...

Scientists predicting record dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

Jun. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Some ecologists at the University of Maryland are worried that a large spot of low oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay could harm the state's seafood industry. News outlets report environmental scientists from Maryland and University of Michigan say they're predicting a 2-mile...

Report: Pennsylvania must do more to help Chesapeake Bay

May. 28, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A nonprofit that tracks pollution in the Chesapeake Bay lambasted Pennsylvania on Tuesday, saying that the state is failing to protect the nation's largest estuary from farm manure and dirty stormwater. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation released a report saying Pennsylvania's plan to reduce...

Downpours, runoff lead to decline in Chesapeake Bay's health

May. 21, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The overall health of America's largest estuary declined last year due to the effects of record-breaking precipitation washing more pollutants into the water, but scientists described the difficult year as a dip for the Chesapeake Bay and not a disaster. For an annual report card...