2021 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card (Page 1)  
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2021 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card

Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clam) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals. The Coastal Bays had an overall score of C+, a slight improvement from the previous year. Improved total phosphorus scores contributed to the slightly higher overall health of the bays. Seagrass scores ranged from poor or very poor throughout the entire Coastal Bays. This assessment represents the status of water quality and seagrasses in 2021 and hard clams in 2019.

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Author(s)Dave Brinker, Bill Dennison, Steve Farr, Steve Doctor, Roman Jesien, Katherine Munson, Judy O’Neil, Kevin Smith, Mitch Tarnowski, Catherine Wazniak, Jeff White, Craig Wheedon, and Rich Mason
IAN Author(s)Ann Foo, Sidney Anderson, Alexandra Fries, Bill Dennison, Lorena Villanueva-Almanza, Jane Thomas
Date Published2022-11-14
TypeReport Card
Location(s)Assateague Island
Coastal Bays
Assawoman Bay
Chincoteague Bay
Isle of Wight Bay
Maryland Coastal Bays
Newport Bay
Sinepuxent Bay
St. Martin River
Number of Pages6
Filesize4 MB
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