Scientists predicting record dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

Popular News

BREAKING NEWS: Salisbury Mayor Jake Day to be deployed to Africa

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury Mayor Jake Day announced in a press conference on Thursday that he has...

Rehoboth Beach man arrested on multiple drug charges

LEWES, Del. – DNREC Natural Resources Police Park Rangers arrested a Rehoboth Beach man on...

30 new cases, 9 additional deaths reported in Del.

SMYRNA, Del. – The Delaware Division of Public Health says that an additional nine people have...

Scientists predicting record dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
 

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 (3-kilometer) swath of low-to-no oxygen in the bay, making it one of the largest so-called "dead zones" in nearly 20 years.

This particularly damaging dead zone is thought to be caused by heavy rains the region experienced this year, which washed wastewater and agricultural runoff into the bay. The wastewater then produces oxygen-stealing algae.

The dead zones are especially harmful to key Maryland exports like crabs and oysters, even though other scientists say some smaller marine creatures can withstand the oxygen void.

 

Source: AP

All contents © copyright 2019 Associated Press. All rights reserved.