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Algae flourishes after record rainfall

Algae flourishes after record rainfall

The already low crab and oyster population could be hurt by last week's record rainfall, as a large algae bloom nourished by a flood of stormwater pollution sucks oxygen from the Chesapeake Bay. Scientists with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation said they won't know the extent of the damage until later this year, but said it's unlikely to cause a reoccurrence of the massive fish kill in Glen Burnie creeks that followed a massive sewer spill two years ago. The algae bloom is the most pronounced in the central Chesapeake Bay, as stormwater runoff and sewage overflows carrying phosphorus and nitrogen work their way down stream, said Doug Myers, a bay foundation scientist. ...

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