Chesapeake Bay Health Improving

March 10, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay is, without question, our region’s most beloved natural treasure. Covering over 3,000 square miles and hundreds more miles of tributaries, it’s the largest estuary in the United States. Since the late 1400’s, when Venetian navigator and explorer John Cabot sailed along the banks of what is now Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Bay has been a source of wonder and discovery.

The same holds true today. We rely on the Bay and its tributaries as a means of transportation to and from Annapolis and surrounding locales, as a bountiful source of fresh seafood, and as a wet and wonderful playground. Regardless of what it means to us individually, it’s unanimous: the Chesapeake Bay is an irreplaceable resource whose vitality is essential to the very fabric of our community.

But, as with any natural resource, the Bay is not a bottomless well of riches. The more wear and tear it endures, the less it will have to give back. We have seen, over the years, a depletion of the Bay’s bounty: fewer crabs and fish, and less-than-stellar reports regarding its overall health.

But the latest reports show improvements in the Bay, including better water clarity, more underwater grasses, and an increase in bottom-dwelling life. This news offers reason for optimism. Behind this hope you’ll find continued proactive conservation efforts by the State of Maryland, as well as scores of committed individuals and organizations in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
(Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau)

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