10 Scariest Facts About Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay is a ghost of its former self, and Environment America says it has 10 scary facts to prove it.

The environmental group plans to release its list on Saturday, just in time for Halloween. Environment America says the list shows a terrifying concoction of nitrogen, phosphorous, and other pollutants have harmed the bay, causing oxygen-robbing algae blooms that harm water quality and key species.

Environment America also plans to use Saturday’s event to host a cleanup on the banks of the Anacostia River at Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

The Anacostia is one of a number of waterways nationwide targeted in a new federal urban waters initiative. Federal officials also unveiled a plan last year to restore the river flowing through Southeast Washington.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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