The Chesapeake Bay Program has released the results of the 2020 Bay grasses survey, which found a 7 percent decline from 2019. Bay grasses are essential for the health of the Bay and the aquatic species that live here. Grasses absorb nutrients, are a source of food for a variety of creatures, and are essential habitat for small blue crabs and fish.
Following the release of the results, Beth McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Director of Science and Agricultural Policy, issued this statement:
“The 2020 SAV survey results are disappointing and a stark reminder that the job of restoring the Chesapeake Bay is far from over. With the 2025 deadline fast approaching, we need increased investments in pollution reduction strategies, particularly from agricultural sources, which states are relying on to achieve roughly 80% of the remaining nitrogen pollution reduction committed to in the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
“CBF encourages Congress to increase funding for agricultural conservation practices as it considers a reconciliation package. These practices will not only help improve water quality, but will create jobs, and mitigate the effects of climate change.”