S TA T E
S TAT E
CBF’s 2010 Stateof the Bay Report:
Encouraging Progress, but a Long Way to Go
The Chesapeake Bay is
signs of rebounding but is
still in critical condition as a
result of pollution.
The numeric index of the Bay’s health
jumped three points from 2008 to 2010,
with eight of 13 indicators rising. In
2008, Maryland and Virginia set science-based regulations to curtail female
crab catch, and this year’s crab score
leapt by 15 points. Underwater grasses,
once devastated by pollution, are doing
much better, advancing by two points.
The dissolved oxygen, buffers, water
clarity, and toxics scores showed measurable progress as well.
Let’s celebrate the progress that has been
made, even as we rededicate ourselves to
a fight for the Bay’s future. There is a
great deal left to do.
The overall health index of the Bay is 31
out of 100 (a D+ by our scale), which
means it is still a system dangerously out
of balance. The U.S. Environmental Pro-
tection Agency (EPA) lists the Chesa-
peake and its tidal tributaries as
impaired. Health departments still cau-
tion people to stay out of the water for
48 hours after a heavy rain. Fish con-
sumption warnings continue. Human
health is at risk. And tens of thousands
of jobs have been lost in fishing and re-
lated industries alone.