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Article from the June 2016 edition
2015 Chesapeake Bay Health Report Card
The 2015 report card marks a decade of ecohealth assessments in Chesapeake Bay.
Chesapeake Bay receives a score of C in 2016
The Chesapeake Bay received a C grade in the 2015 UMCES Chesapeake Bay Report Card, which was released May 17 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the UMCES Chesapeake Bay Report Card. The score of 53 was the highest since 2002, and the third highest score since they've been calculated. This is despite near normal rainfall and high agricultural production in the watershed. The most important increases in scores were in nitrogen, water clarity, and aquatic grasses. Improvements in Bay health are Bay-wide; scores in almost every reporting region improved from 2014 to 2015.

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