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Chesapeake Bay report card finds improving crab populations, grass growth

Chesapeake Bay report card finds improving crab populations, grass growth

Multistate efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay are starting to pay off, with a surge in blue crab populations, growth of underwater grasses and improvements in water quality, according to a bay report card released Tuesday.

There were 101 million female blue crabs in the bay last year, 50 percent more than in 2014, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program’s annual “Bay Barometer.” Underwater grasses covered nearly 76,000 acres in 2014, 41 percent more than in 2013, the report found, and officials estimate that nitrogen pollution flowing into...

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