"Chesapeake Bay’s Health Improving Slightly, Report Says"

"Chesapeake Bay oysters are being resurrected from the dead. Blue crabs are roaring back. And after taking a huge blow from the monster storm called Sandy, the weakened bay proved in the fall that it could right itself and come back looking fresh."

"Except for a troubling decline in underwater grasses that help filter pollution and sustain marine life, many of the bay’s health indicators remained the same or improved since they were examined two years ago, according to the 2012 State of the Bay report released Wednesday by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The foundation assessed the bay’s pollution levels, its habitat and its fisheries and graded it on a scale that ranged from a dismal one, which would mean it is dead, to the pie-in-the-sky 100, if it were once again the youthful, drop-dead gorgeous picture of health it was when European explorers arrived in the 1600s."

Darryl Fears reports for the Washington Post January 2, 2012.

Source: Wash Post, 01/04/2013