Chesapeake Bay dead zones are fading, but proposed EPA cuts threaten success
The Chesapeake is home to oysters, clams, and famous Maryland blue crab. It's the largest estuary in the United States. And for a long time, it was one of the most polluted. Decades of runoff from grassy suburban yards and farm fields as far north as New York state, plus sewage and other waste dumped by the hundreds of gallons, made the Chesapeake so dirty that by 1983, the crab population had plummeted to just 2 percent of what Capt. John Smith saw when he explored the bay in the 1600s.
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