Long-Term Trend in Flow-Adjusted Total Phosphorus Concentration, 1985-2013
Date created: Jan 07, 2015
One-third of the monitoring sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed show improving long-term flow-adjusted trends in phosphorus concentrations. Between 1985 and 2013: three out of nine sites—including the James, Patuxent and Potomac rivers—have shown improving trends for phosphorus concentrations. Three sites— including the Appomattox, Choptank and Pamunkey rivers—have shown degrading trends. Three sites—including the Mattaponi, Rappahannock and Susquehanna rivers—have shown minor changes that are not statistically significant.