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A guide to understanding nutrient trends

The state-federal Chesapeake Bay Program partnership recently updated its nutrient reduction goals for 2025 based on improved information, new science and updated computer modeling.

The figures in this table — Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Trends and Goals — show, in pounds, computer-estimated nutrient “loads” reaching the Chesapeake from each major “sector” in each state. 


Striped bass reproduction above average in MD, VA

This year’s heavy rainfall did not seem to hurt spawning striped bass, as scientists in both Maryland and Virginia reported that reproduction for the prized fish was bit above average.

It was the second straight year when the closely watched striped bass index was above average in Maryland. It was also the sixth straight year when reproduction was at, or above, average in...

Thank you to all who responded to our reader survey

The word that most sums up the results of the survey we mailed to readers last summer is “Wow!” I am still stunned by the overwhelming number of results (which are still trickling in).

Approximately 3,500 of you responded — way more than we expected. We’re still going through the results, but one thing is clear: Readers overwhelmingly are happy with the Bay Journal.


‘In another decade or two, we’ll see a different Chesapeake’

More than three decades after it started, the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort still has a long way to go. In its latest water quality assessment, the state-federal Bay Program partnership found that just 40 percent of the Bay's tidal waters met agreed-upon goals for clarity, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll.

That’s the best status report since the cleanup effort began, but still far...

Success of Chesapeake’s restoration tied to PA, which lags far behind

Across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, controlling runoff from agriculture and stormwater has proven difficult for decades.

Nowhere is the problem greater than in Pennsylvania, which has more of both than any other state in the Bay region — and where efforts to control them are the farthest off track.

Whether that trajectory changes may ultimately determine whether the latest Bay...

New nutrient reduction goals reflect updated science, data, computer modeling

The state-federal Chesapeake Bay Program partnership recently revised its nutrient reduction goals for 2025 based on improved information, new science and updated computer modeling.

States are updating their cleanup plans to address the revised goals. These watershed implementation plans, drafts of which are due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by April 12, 2019, are...

Chesapeake cleanup may lose race to 2025 goal, but presses on

As the Chesapeake Bay region enters what was supposed to be the final stretch of a decades-long effort to clean up the nation’s largest estuary, it — once again — faces a cleanup goal it appears likely to be missed.

Progress has been made — and Bay water quality has improved — but the region is significantly off track to meet its 2025 cleanup goals. In fact, updated pollution...

Marsh-dependent black rail nominated for federal listing as a threatened species

The diminutive Eastern black rail, an elusive marsh-dwelling bird that has nearly disappeared from the fringes of the Chesapeake Bay in recent decades, may be headed to the federal endangered species list.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the bird, whose population has been in sharp decline all along the East Coast, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act...

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About Karl Blankenship

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Karl Blankenship is editor of the Bay Journal and Executive Director of Chesapeake Media Service. He has served as editor of the Bay Journal since its inception in 1991, winning numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the 2001 Excellence in Journalism Award from the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation; in 2006 he became the fourth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Before the Bay Journal, he was a reporter at the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, and the Saginaw (MI) News. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in journalism.

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