Month: March 2014

Chesapeake Bay Program Report on Water Quality Improvements

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Chesapeake Bay Program Report on Water Quality Improvements

The Chesapeake Bay Program recently released a report on the improvement of water quality in the Chesapeake. Using evidence from 40 different case studies on the watershed, the report examines how best management practices (BMPs) have reduced sediment loads and atmospheric nitrogen deposition. Specifically, an improvement in methods used in agriculture, at wastewater treatment plants, and better control of power plant and vehicle emissions have positively impacted the Bay. 

The report also details current challenges associated with implementing BMPs (with a focus on population growth and intensive agriculture in the region), while looking at further opportunities for water quality improvement.