One-third of the Chesapeake Bay is a dead zone this year. The Washington Post reports: Especially heavy flows of tainted water from the Susquehanna River brought as much nutrient pollution into the bay by May as normally comes in an entire average year, a Maryland Department of Natural Resources researcher said. As a result, “in Maryland we saw the worst June” ever for nutrient pollution, said Bruce Michael, director of the DNR’s resource assessment service. The dead zone could grow to be the largest ever. The way it works is that farm runoff leads to a bumper crop of bay …
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