Total Phosphorus yields ranged from 0.036 to 0.57 tons per square mile. Each of the 17 sites in the high yield category carries more than 0.19 tons of phosphorus per square mile of watershed. High yielding sites were found in the Eastern Shore, Susquehanna, Potomac, and Rappahannock Watersheds. The lowest yields are generally in the western areas of the Bay watershed and the York River Basin.
For more information go to the U.S. Geological Survey's webpage, Summary of Trends and Yields Measured at the Chesapeake Bay Nontidal Network Sites: Water Year 2012 Update
Stream quality is associated with lower nutrient loads; therefore, the goal for short-term yields indicator is to observe low phosphorus yields at most monitoring sites in the watershed.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), works with partners in the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) to operate the Nontidal water-quality monitoring network. This network is designed to measure changes in nutrients and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The nutrient and sediment data are updated and interpreted each year. The update of 2012 information includes:
Because the goals of Bay restoration efforts are to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment reaching the Bay, downward trends in concentration are considered improving conditions, while increasing trends are considered degrading conditions. The major findings for nutrient and sediment concentration trends and yields in the Chesapeake Bay watershed through 2012 are:
US Geological Survey