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Freshwater flows into the Chesapeake Bay hit an August record last month

Freshwater flows into the Chesapeake Bay hit an August record last month

It wasn't just a surge of debris that washed into the Chesapeake Bay last month — the estuary received a record-setting flow of fresh water, scientists say, potentially hinting at long-term impacts on ecosystem health.

On average, streams and rivers were sending 133,000 cubic feet of water per second into the bay, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That is about four times normal for August.

The previous August record was 96,000 cubic feet per second in 1955, when hurricanes Connie and Diane poured on the region.

That could have a...

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