ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay Program says oxygen levels in the bay dropped last year, with just about a third of the waterway meeting summer standards.
Officials with the regional partnership say the drop is not surprising considering last year’s wet weather. The bay program says oxygen levels dropped 4 percent from the year before and were almost half the levels recorded a decade earlier.READ MORE: 6 Baltimore County First Responders Out Of Hospital After Monday's Explosion
A wet spring and fall storms washed pollution into the bay, spurring algae blooms that lower oxygen levels when blooms die off and decompose. That can lead to dead zones where oxygen levels are too low for many species to survive.READ MORE: Late Faculty Member Leaves Over $1M To Stevenson University
Last year’s wet weather is also being blamed for large algae blooms this spring that have led to fish deaths in the middle bay.MORE NEWS: Up To $8K Reward Offered For Information On Death Of Baltimore Teen On Prom Night
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