Chesapeake Bay slowly getting healthier

bayUNDATED — The Susquehanna River has a significant impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  While the waterways are improving, there is still more to be done.

Harry Campbell, Pennsylvania Senior Scientists for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says, “The Susquehanna River provides over 50% of the fresh water that feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.  Pennsylvania has a significant impact.  What we do the land and the quality and condition of the River is directly reflected on the quality o the Bay.”

Campbell says in Pennsylvania, efforts to reduce pollution from agricultural entities and wastewater treatment plan have helped with improving water quality.  So, what else has improve in the Bay?  “The aquatic life is rising in population,” says Campbell.  “We are seeing a rebound in crabs, oysters and striped bass.  We believe we have reached a tipping point.”

The newest report shows the Chesapeake’s Bay health has improved by four point since 2008.  Campbell says, “On a scale of 0-100, this year’s score is a 32.  A resilient, saved, restored bay is about a 70 on that scale.  So, we have a long way to go, but we have done a lot to improve since the initiative began 25 years ago.”  The report is done every two years and Campbell says they are continuing efforts to keep the health rising each year. (Sara Bartlett)