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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Policy for the Chesapeake Bay Tidal Tributaries 1989

Published: July 01, 1989

Submerged aquatic vegetation is not only important as a habitat, but also because it acts as an indicator of the condition of the Chesapeake Bay.  The successful growth and reporduction of submerged aquatic vegetation can be used as a measure of the progress of the Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection program because its environmental requirement include good water quality that is low in suspended sediments, dissolved nutrients and phytoplankton.  Further definition of the relationshis between submerged aquatic vegetation abundance is necessary.  This will be essential information for Bay managers responsible for insuring the long-term viability of the Bay and its living resources.

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