Abnormally wet summer will challenge latest gains in Chesapeake’s health

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Bay Journal — by Timothy B. Wheeler — October 4, 2018

"Summer ended much as it began across the Chesapeake Bay watershed, drenched in rain that swelled rivers and streams. The abnormal run of chronically wet weather that continued into late September posed further challenges for maintaining recent gains in the Bay’s health. 

Freshwater flows into the Bay in August were the highest recorded for that month by a wide margin, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. And although Hurricane Florence didn’t bring nearly as much rain to the Bay watershed in September as it dumped on the Carolinas, it produced enough to make Conowingo Dam open some of its floodgates yet again.

“The effects of Florence will be relatively short-lived to the Bay,” predicted Scott Phillips, USGS Chesapeake Bay coordinator, as the storm approached. But he said the above-normal river flows that persisted from late spring through summer could have longer-term impacts on underwater grasses, the Bay’s water quality and fish populations. . ."

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