Published: January 01, 1996
A principle conclusion of the Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program Studies (U.S. EPA, 1982) was that deteriorating water quality in the Chesapeake was directly correlated with increased nutrient enrichment over the past few decades. Water quality deterioration was considered to have maj9or detrimental effects on a number of living resources including submerged aquatic vegetation, shellfish and finfish. The point source nutrient control strategies developed both prior to and subsequent to the Bay Program research findings have, however, only focused on phosphorus. As spokepersons for the research community, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program, believes it is vital that the importance of nitrogen control be brought to the attention of the policy making and management segments of the Bay community for use in developing effective nutrient control strategies.
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Originator: Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee