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Satellite image shows sediment pollution flowing into Chesapeake Bay

Plumes of sediment were observed flowing down the Susquehanna River into the Chesapeake Bay this week after the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee brought heavy rainfall to Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Chesapeake Bay satellite image

The large rainfall totals caused rivers to swell, washing dirt and pollution off the land and carrying it downstream to the Bay. Record flooding and water levels were recorded at Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River last week.

Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/MODIS



Ralph Mitchell says:
November 01, 2012

Where can I find current satellite images of the sediment cloud in the Chesapeake Bay?


Catherine Krikstan says:
November 13, 2012

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s CoastWatch program provides access to near real-time oceanographic satellite data. The East Coast Node, in particular, covers Maine to Florida, including the Chesapeake Bay: http://coastwatch.chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/

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