Chesapeake Bay Oxygen Levels Fell In 2011 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Chesapeake Bay Oxygen Levels Fell In 2011

Play associated audio
The Chesapeake Bay suffers from "dead zones," which are caused by inadequate oxygen in the bay's waters.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/crimfants/2837868139/
The Chesapeake Bay suffers from "dead zones," which are caused by inadequate oxygen in the bay's waters.

There was less oxygen in the depths of the Chesapeake Bay last year. The Chesapeake Bay Program says oxygen levels in the bay dropped by about 4 percent in 2011. Compared to a decade ago, the Bay in 2011 had less than half as much oxygen dissolved in its water. 

Things living in the bay need oxygen to breathe, and millions of of creatures die each year from suffocation when dead zones develop every summer. The culprit is nitrogen and phosphorous pollution that washes in from cities and fields and waste water treatment plants up stream. 

Algae feed on that, grow into giant blooms, and then suffocate everything else in the middle of the bay. Heavy rains last year washed extra pollution into the body of water.

NPR

Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
NPR

Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.
NPR

Talking Pink Heels And Birth Control, GOP Plays Offense With Women

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the Democrats' Women's Leadership Forum on Friday. But as the 2014 election nears, both parties are vying for women's votes.
NPR

Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyber Attacks Continue

Home Depot says some 56 million card holders were possibly compromised in a cyber attack. It says there's no evidence that debit PIN numbers were comprised or that the breach affected online shoppers.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.