According to a new report, the Chesapeake Bay is showing encouraging signs of improvement but still has dead zones, fish kills and pollution. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's "State of the Bay Report" says there have been improvements in eight of 13 indicators, including a rebounding blue crab population and flourishing underwater grasses. Using a grading system, the bay's overall grade was a D-plus, up slightly from the 2008 grade of D.
But William Baker, president of the foundation, says it's still a "system out of balance."
The report was released as the Environmental Protection Agency prepares this week to establish mandatory pollution limits for six states and the District of Columbia, which comprise the 64,000 square-mile watershed. Those limites are aimed at reducing the bay's nitrogen and phosphorous levels by one-fourth by 2025.
During the Cold War, successive U.S. leaders supported the white South African government because it staunchly opposed communism. Mandela's African National Congress, meanwhile, had many ties to the Soviet Union and viewed it as more sympathetic to their cause than the U.S. and other Western countries.
New York state is gearing up for what officials hope is high volume on its health insurance exchange website in the weeks leading up to the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline. It's fixing technical and design issues that came up when the site debuted in early October.
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