(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Senior Water Quality Scientist Beth McGee issued this statement following the Chesapeake Bay Program's annual release of bay grass acreage.
"After several years of decline, it is a good sign that we are seeing an increase in Bay grasses. The beds at the Susquehanna Flats continue to thrive, and eel grass beds in the southern portion of the Bay show signs of rebounding. These underwater meadows are an incredibly valuable feature of the bay, absorbing pollutants and providing critical habitat for fish and crabs.
"The key to successful Bay grass restoration, however, is to improve water clarity by reducing pollution. By implementing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint we can restore water quality, dramatically increase Bay grasses, and leave a legacy of clean water for our children and future generations."