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Health of the Chesapeake Bay Continues to Deteriorate

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Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 4:44 pm

Fishing and recreational water sports are big business in South Jersey, so locals will probably be quite alarmed to find out how bad things are getting just south of here in the Chesapeake Bay. Officials in Maryland and Virginia are reporting the largest “dead zone” on record in the bay stretching over 83 miles. When measured in June, the dead zone reached from the Baltimore Harbor to the Potomac River, and has since spread into areas along the Virginia coast. The dead zones are areas of the bay that are oxygen deprived, making them uninhabitable for most aquatic life.

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