(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Senior Scientist Beth McGee issued this statement following the release of this year's dead zone forecast.
"According to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the dead zone forecast is driven largely by the amount of pollution coming down the Susquehanna River. The link between Susquehanna pollution and the dead zone underscores the importance of reducing nitrogen pollution from Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth's efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution remain off track by millions of pounds.
"Dead zones are areas of the Bay with too little oxygen to support a healthy ecosystem. CBF believes that an average sized dead zone is still unacceptable, and that Pennsylvania and the other Bay states must implement the plans they developed to reduce pollution and restore water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay."