How is the Bay doing?
Although the rate of decline has slowed recently, the Bay is still in critical condition. In our 2008 State of the Bay report, CBF rated the Bay a 28 out of 100, indicating that the Bay is at a little over one-quarter of its fullest potential. Compared to historic levels, we have lost 88 percent of the oysters, 80 percent of the Bay’s underwater grasses, 58 percent of the wetlands, and 46 percent of the forested buffers lining our streams and tributaries. Without these natural resources, the Bay cannot recover. CBF is working to protect and restore our national treasure.
The Chesapeake Bay is showing encouraging signs of rebounding but is still in critical condition as a result of pollution. CBF’s State of the Bay index that measures the Bay’s health jumped three points between 2008 and 2010, with eight of 13 indicators rising. The indicator for the health of the blue crab population spiked 15 points, as the Bay’s population increased significantly last year. Also, underwater grasses showed steady progress for the fourth year in a row. But the overall health index of the Bay is 31 out of 100, which means it is still a system dangerously out of balance. Read the full report.