There are a number of issues that threaten the Chesapeake Bay’s health. Some of the major issues facing the Chesapeake Bay are:
Many natural geographic factors also influence the Bay’s health. The Bay watershed – the area of land that drains to the Bay – covers 64,000 square miles across six states and the District of Columbia. Combine this with the fact that the Bay’s average depth is just 21 feet, and that means a lot of water – and pollution – drains into a narrow, shallow estuary.
Cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay is a difficult task. However, with a dedicated effort by government, businesses and the region’s 17 million residents, we can achieve a healthy, restored Bay for future generations to enjoy.