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Chesapeake Bay receives D+ rating

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 9:46 am

The massive assault of record rainfall the Chesapeake Bay has received this year is being blamed as the culprit for its recent D+ rating by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The foundation dropped the Bay’s rating of a C- two years ago to a D+, which marks the first time the rating has seen a drop in over ten years. The rainfall has washed more pollutants into the Bay than usual.

The foundation referred to the situation as a ‘grim reality’ that stresses the importance of not rolling back regulations that have helped the Bay show some recovery over the last decade. Chesapeake Bay Foundation president, Will Baker, said that efforts to save the Bay are facing some of the most serious challenges ever seen.

“All the states in the Bay watershed need to keep their pledges to reduce pollution,” Baker said. “We can choose to save the Bay or we can allow anti-environmentalist forces to ensure a return to dirty air and water.”

The Bay’s ecology rated a 33 on a 100-point scale, one point lower than in 2016 when it received the C-.

At a score of 70 ecologists would consider the Bay to be saved and a score of 100 percent would represent the Bay’s pre-colonial pristine conditions.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 1/16/19