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Chesapeake Bay ‘Dead Zone’ Predicted to Be 13% Lower Than Average

June 29, 2022


Read time:

5-15 mins

According to a recent forecast, this summer’s Chesapeake Bay “dead zone,” an area of little to no oxygen caused by excess nutrient pollution flowing into the bay, is expected to be smaller than the long-term average. Don Scavia, a U-M aquatic ecologist and leader of one of the research teams, shares insights on the recent forecast, suggesting that nutrient-reduction efforts in the Chesapeake Bay area are working. The faculty expert further explores the implications of their work and forecast.

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