Chesapeake Bay, nation’s largest estuary, is finally getting healthier

Posted In Ecosystem Destruction, News
Jan
6


Chesapeake Bay. Photo source: ©© USDA

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Water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay is the best it’s been in decades, and native rockfish, oyster and blue crab populations are rebounding as the overall health of the nation’s largest estuary improves, a report released Thursday found…

Read Full Article, CBS News (01-05-2017)

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Study Reveals How Rivers Regulate Global Carbon Cycle; WHOI (05-13-2015)
Nature has its own methods for the removal and long-term storage of carbon, including the world’s river systems, which transport decaying organic material and eroded rock from land to the ocean…

NOAA Report Highlights Climate Change Threats To Nation’s Estuaries; NOAA (08-08-2013)
Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea, providing nursery habitat for fish and shellfish while buffering many coastal communities from the impacts of coastal storms and sea level rise. The climate exposure of each reserve provides first alarm indicators about the effects of climate change on the coastal ecosystems.
The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors. Almost 40 percent of all Americans, or about 123 million people, live in the counties directly along the shoreline and depend on these resources for food, jobs, storm protection, and recreation…

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