Meadows of the Chesapeake - Underwater Bay Grasses
Some 16 species of underwater grasses are found in the Chesapeake Bay.
Source: Chesapeake Bay Program Researchers have called underwater grasses the miner's canary of the Chesapeake Bay, alerting watermen and scientists alike to signs of trouble with the Bay and its rivers.
At one time not too long ago, boaters frequently complained about vast beds underwater grasses fouling their propellers as they fished and crabbed the Bay’s rivers. But, things have changed.
Underwater grasses now cover about a third of their historic area. While they've nearly doubled over the past twenty years, we have a long way to go until they once again provide enough habitat for the fish and crabs that call the Bay home.
Mike Fritz of the US Environmental Protection Agency joins us to talk about underwater grasses and how they help keep the Bay in balance.
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