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January 9, 2019

Nation's biggest estuary health grade fell from C- to D+ in 2018 due to heavy rains

  • Runoff from urban and suburban areas continues to pollute the Chesapeake Bay.
    Associated Press

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Heavy rains that brought additional pollution downstream last year contributed to the first decline in a decade to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay, according to a report released Monday.

    The bay's health grade sank from a C-minus in 2016 to a D-plus in the 2018 State of the Bay, a biennial report issued by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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