Scientists say an indicator of the Chesapeake Bay’s health — underwater grasses — has reversed a three-year downward trend.
Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay continued to decline last year, and Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee the year before are to blame, researchers said Thursday as they released results of an aerial survey of the ecologically important aquatic plants.
When spring warms up, allergies will heat up. And it promises to be a sneezy season.
The pounding rains from Tropical Storm Lee caused plenty of problems last summer.
The Chesapeake Bay Program says underwater grasses in the Susquehanna Flats survived this fall’s heavy rains better than researchers expected.
State and federal agencies will be restoring Poplar Island this week along with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, which found volunteers to plant marsh grasses.
Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay, a key indicator of the health of the waterway, decreased last year with high water temperatures and poor water quality eyed as factors, researchers said Thursday as they released the results of an annual survey.
The Chesapeake Bay Program says it will release new data on underwater grasses.