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Identification Guide to Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of Chesapeake Bay


One of the Chesapeake Bay's most significant natural resources is its bay grasses, or submerged aquaitc vegetation (SAV).  SAV provides food and habitat for fish, numerous other aquatic organisms, and waterfowl.  In addition, the presence of SAV indicates good water quality and general ecological health in any section of the Bay and its tributaries.  How to use this guide-cikkect a small sample from the plant you wish to identify.  One or two stems should be plenty.  Compare your sample with the illustrations in this guide.  Prominent identification features have been indicated on each illustration.

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