Dissolved Oxygen Designated Uses of the Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries

Dissolved Oxygen Designated Uses of the Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries

Author: Howard Weinberg

Date created: Apr 18, 2008

Sufficient dissolved oxygen (DO) is crucial for the fauna of the Chesapeake Bay to exist. Different aquatic organisms have different DO requirements. Many finfish need at least 5 mg/l while some bottom dwelling worms and clams need as little as 1 or 2 mg/l to survive. The different designated use zones (Open Water, Deep Water and Deep Channel) reflect the different needs of the species that inhabit different parts of the water column. Note: Some areas of the DO Designated Use were changed in 2007 from the original published map of 2003.

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