Nonprofit group: Efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay are working

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 27, 2017 11:44 AM

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(Baltimore) -- A nonprofit advocacy group says efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are paying off.

Fewer water samples are showing the presence of so-called "dead zones" in the bay that can't support aquatic life.

Scientists recently reported that 13 percent of the bay's waters on average showed dangerously low levels of oxygen.

In 1985, the average was nearly 19 percent.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation credits the decline in dead zones to federal regulations that limit the amount of pollution that can flow into the bay.

Beth McGee, the foundation's director of science and agricultural policy, cautioned in a statement that "more needs to be done to achieve a bay that is healthy for all living creatures."

The Susquehanna River is the bay's largest tributary.

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