The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a new report that shows the Chesapeake Bay has one of the largest dead-zones in the nation, resulting from nutrient pollution throughout the watershed. What separates this report--the National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment--from others is its national perspective.
The report does point to several case studies showing a cause for optimism that aggressive management can reverse the trend, citing the Tampa Bay estuary, which has improved due to regulations that have significantly reduced nutrient pollution, thereby clearing the water and allowing seagrasses to rebound.
Hopefully, the Senate and President Bush will take this report into account when it's time to pass the Farm Bill.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation