Debris Mostly Gone, Muddy Water Remains In Bay

View Comments
(Credit; AP Photo/Kathleen Lange)

(Credit; AP Photo/Kathleen Lange)

Schuh Mike 370x278 (2) Mike Schuh
Mike Schuh joined WJZ Eyewitness News as a general assignment reporter...
Read More
Popular Entertainment Photo Galleries

POEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The ControversialPOEts: The Legendary, The Celebrity, The Local, The Controversial

Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.Celebrities Born Outside The U.S.

Top Celebrities On TwitterTop Celebrities On Twitter

Ranking Stephen KingRanking Stephen King

Famous Women Who Underwent Double MastectomiesFamous Women Who Underwent Double Mastectomies

» More Photo Galleries

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Tropical Storm Lee is now a memory but the storm is proving to have a lasting and very negative impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Mike Schuh has more on the mess left behind.

Seventeen times a year, the state travels the length of the Chesapeake to determine her health.

Dirt, trash and debris is in the Bay right now, thanks to Lee. A lot of it has moved on, but dirt and sediment are still in the bay. How much is unknown.

“We need to determine what the impact of this particular event had on the Chesapeake Bay,” said Bruce Michael, Department of Natural Resources.

Officials are on a three-day mission to sample the water quality from the surface to the bottom, from Virginia to the mouth of the bay. They’ve been doing this since the mid-80s.

“Is it still going to have as bad of an effect as Hurricane Agnes? [Agnes basically] wiped out all the underwater grasses,” Michael said.

Watermen and state scientists won’t know about the impact on crabs and oysters until spring.

It looks a lot cleaner than it did even last week, which is good news.

That debris field from the storm is now in Virginia waters, nearing the mouth of the bay.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus