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Chesapeake Bay "Dead Zones" Reduce Diversity and Abundance of Near-Bottom Species

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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and even though President Obama has declared it a "national treasure" in 2009, this watershed is becoming emptier with fewer shellfish and fish populations mainly due to upstream pollution.

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 4:04 am
And most of this fertilizer comes from peoples yards.

Gloria p (304)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:18 am
Chesapeake Bay is something I have always wanted to see.

Nikki J (15)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 5:31 am
OOo Chesapeake Bay is a real place ... I thought it was just a made up place by Nora Roberts! A very good series by the way! :)

Christeen Anderson (368)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:10 am
How can we help?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:17 am
Allow them the right of survival

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:02 am
Thats the trouble with pollution half the time its a silent killer you cant see it so factories and people get away with dumping until everything starts dying off then somebody has to do something Hope they can in this case

. (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:07 am
Yep John, and it flows southward and ends up in the Gulf. Where oh where did y'all think the cause of the new enlargement of the Gulf Dead Zone came from? You can't blame it all on the Deepwater Horizon although Big Oil does have a lot to answer for.
Unless we start to change things right now there are going to be larger and newer dead zones around the world.
How long before we become greatly reduced into small concentrated zones where there's only enough for so many people?

Carol H (229)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:18 am
noted, thanks Cal

Lisa Zilli (17)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:44 am
The main problem is the fertilizers from farmland and people's yards.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 12:15 pm
Thank you! We need a petition demanding a reduction in pollution by commpanies.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 12:38 pm
noted. Thanks for the info

Deborah W (6)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 1:01 pm
What is Agenda 21?

CareTwo S (521)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 1:06 pm
Great article and info. Thanks Cal!!

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:26 pm

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 3:04 pm
Noted, thanks.

greenplanet e (155)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:07 pm
We all should stop using so much fertilizer.

Andrs Yokers (6)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 7:42 pm
warning signs

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 8:52 pm
They need to keep monitoring the situation?? Not do anything to prevent it getting worse?? Recommend no changes?? There's a good side??

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 9:21 pm
Home of my 17th century grandfathers, last chiefs of my tribe...British stole all except for the land purchased from my forebears fairly. Now see how the village is under dirty water and the once freely living beings are no longer living.

reft h (66)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:34 pm
where is the political will to clean it up...

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 1:35 am

Lona G (80)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:31 am
Noted. Calling it a 'National Tressure' is not enough. Upstream polluters need to be made to treasure it also.

Kathleen R (138)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 12:14 pm
read & noted

Melania Padilla (122)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 9:57 pm
Estuaries should be sacred! They are among the most bio-diverse places on Earth!

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 1:44 am
Estuaries are a very complex ecosystem, in the case of Chesapeake Bay, America's largest, it is sad to see that it has been totally polluted with run offs like human waste, fertilizer and even industrial waste. We cannot just dump our waste like that.
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