(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Director of Science and Agricultural Policy, Beth McGee, issued this statement following the release of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s (VIMS) annual Bay grass survey.
“This year’s Bay grass assessment is good news, especially considering last year’s record rainfall. In the past, wet years have led to poor water clarity that resulted in decreases in Bay grasses. While the 2018 survey was incomplete, the strong numbers indicate the grasses were able to withstand the onslaught of last year’s record rainfall, a sign of ecosystem resiliency. We still have a long way to go, but the survey results suggest efforts to reduce pollution, guided by the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, are working.”
Note: The Chesapeake Bay Program's press release can be found here.