Wet weather polluting the bay
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
Washington Post editors
| March 29, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
Categories: Maryland, Virginia, Weather
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