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Browse History: Lower Eastern Shore (Tangier) (2013)

Chesapeake Bay - Reporting Region Summary:



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Bay Health Index
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon
47%
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Lower Eastern Shore (Tangier): 2013

Moderate ecosystem health. There were improvements in the total nitrogen and aquatic grasses scores. All other indicators declined. 


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  Index/Indicator Score     Index/Indicator Score
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Chlorophyll a
23%
  Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Aquatic grasses
36%
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Dissolved oxygen
93%
  Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity
65%
Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity Icon Water clarity
5%
  Total Nitrogen Icon Total Nitrogen
29%
Total Phosphorus Icon Total Phosphorus
80%
       

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The Lower Eastern Shore Region drains approximately 2,200 square miles of land. This area includes portions of Wicomico and Caroline Counties, as well as Dorchester, Somerset, and Worcester Counties. The Lower Eastern Shore is considered a Coastal Plain province and includes several rivers such as the Nanticoke, Wicomico, and Pocomoke. These rivers flow into Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds, a unique area formed by a string of islands including Bloodsworth, South Marsh, and Smith Islands. The Lower Eastern Shore is largely covered in forested land, followed by agriculture. Major metropolitan areas include Salisbury, Princess Anne, Pocomoke City, Snow Hill, and Crisfield in Maryland, and Laurel and Seaford in Delaware. The 2000 census population for the watershed was 139,000 people in Maryland. There are nine major wastewater treatment plants in the Maryland portion of the watershed, and four in Delaware. (Based on MD DNR Tributary Strategy Report by Aadland et al., 2007 and updated 2000 land use classifications).

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