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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/29/2010

Wet weather polluting the bay

By Washington Post editors

Maryland natural resources officials say this year’s wet weather is washing more pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.

Department of Natural Resources officials say storm runoff contains nitrogen and phosphorous from fertilizer on lawns and farms as well as pollution from septic systems, sewers and roads. That can fuel oxygen-robbing algae blooms in the bay.

But they say long-term monitoring shows less pollution in streams that feed the bay due to improvements at sewage treatment plants.

Department of Natural Resources officials discussed the impact of the wet weather on Monday at the Gwynns Falls during monthly monitoring of the Baltimore waterway. The waterway is one of dozens regularly monitored statewide by DNR scientists.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | March 29, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Virginia, Weather  
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It is not the "Wet Weather" that is polluting the Bay. It is the pollution we are producing that is the problem.

The high rainfall just means more water to make the pollution flow farther and faster.

Posted by: graydon1 | March 30, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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