MASC Newsletter 1 - Water Quality 2004
This is the first in a series of newsletters to be produced by the Monitoring and Analysis Subcommittee (MASC). MASC coordinates and supports the monitoring activities of the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). Newsletters produced by MASC will summarize current and significant issues relating to the health of Chesapeake Bay ecosystems, those factors that affect the health of the Bay, and the restoration effort. This 4 page newsletter summarizes four important water quality events that affected Chesapeake Bay during 2004. These being: a large turbidity plume in the Bay’s mainstem due to the remnants of Hurricane Ivan; the worst harmful algal bloom within the Potomac River for 20 years; a large volume of anoxic water (no dissolved oxygen) in the Bay’s mainstem and; unusually clear water and abundant aquatic plant occurrence in the upper Bay.