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The Bay Health Index is an average of all seven indicators (chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen, water clarity, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, aquatic grasses, and Benthic IBI) into an overall assessment of Chesapeake Bay health.

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This map shows the 2010 Bay Health Index scores for each of the 15 reporting regions. These scores are used to provide report card grades (A to F) for each of the regions. Most regions of the Bay fell into one of two health grades; poor or moderate. The exceptions were the Patapsco and Back Rivers and the Lower Western Shore (MD) regions, which both had very poor grades. Bay Health Index scores increased in two regions in 2010 compared to 2009, decreased in nine, and remained steady in three. For more information about the overall health of Chesapeake Bay in 2010, please go to the overview page.

Creating this map
This map shows the Bay Health Index scores for each the 15 reporting regions. The Bay Health Index for each reporting region is the average of the Water Quality Index and the Biotic Index scores.

Ranking


Comparison of Bay Health Index scores for 2010 () compared to
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Score Legend
 Score (%)
 0               20               40               60               80              100
  
Upper Bay  
Lower Bay  
James River  
Upper Western Shore  
Rappahannock River  
Overall Bay  
Mid Bay  
Lower Eastern Shore (Tangier)  
Potomac River  
Choptank River  
York River  
Upper Eastern Shore  
Patuxent River  
Elizabeth River  
Patapsco and Back Rivers  
Lower Western Shore (MD)  

This figure ranks each region from best to worst for the Bay Health Index scores for 2010. These scores are used to provide report card grades (A to F) for each of the regions. The highest ranked region in 2010 was the Upper Bay and the second highest ranked was the Lower Bay. The Upper Western Shore, which had been the highest ranked for the previous three years, was ranked fourth highest this year. 

The lowest ranked region this year was the Lower Western Shore (MD), largely due to a low chlorophyll a and water clarity scores this year. Bay Health Index scores increased in two regions in 2010 compared to 2009, decreased in 11, and remained steady in two. For more information about the overall health of Chesapeake Bay in 2010 go to the overview page.


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