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Decline of Submerged Aquatic Plants in Chesapeake Bay 1979

Published: July 01, 1979

Since the early 1970's, many people interested in Cheapeake Bay-water-fowl hunters, fishermen, oystermen, ecologists, researchers, and waterfront residents-have been concerned about the apparent decline of aquatic grass beds iiin the Bay.  Many people fear that this decline will force, or has already forced, some species of waterfowl to change their feeding habits and to move out of this region in searhc of more suitable habitats.  Others speculate that the decline of these aquatic plants is an indication of serious deterioration in the "health" of the Chesapeake.

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