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10.15.09

From brown and mahogany tides to slick surface masses of blue-green scum, stretches of unnaturally abundant algae drift through the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the more benign blooms merely produce foul odors. Others form sweeping masses that block sunlight from reaching the submerged seagrass that provides a habitat for young fish and crabs.

10.05.09

Megan Brubaker dove into the Choptank River in Cambridge for the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon last month, well aware of the high levels of pollution in the bay, but with no concerns for her health.

Unlike Brubaker, some Maryland residents are terrified at the prospect of swimming in the Chesapeake Bay. But scientists and regular bay swimmers assure there are little to no negative side effects of taking a dip in the water -- as long as you do it at the right time.

09.09.09

By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, September 10, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Thursday to curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay with tighter regulations on urban, suburban and agricultural runoff and sanctions for states that don't make sufficient progress.