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Underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay continue record growth

April 25th, 2018 · No Comments

Third straight year with record acreage capped by first-ever 100,000+ acre total
An annual survey led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science mapped an estimated 104,843 acres of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay in 2017, the highest amount ever recorded and the third consecutive year of record-breaking abundance.
It is also the first time [...]

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Abundance of Chesapeake Bay’s underwater grasses rises 8% in 2016

April 27th, 2017 · No Comments

An annual survey led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows the abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay increased 8% between 2015 and 2016, continuing an upward trend initiated in 2012.
The increase makes 2016 the second consecutive year since VIMS began its aerial survey in 1984 that the baywide acreage of [...]

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Harris Creek

September 6th, 2016 · No Comments

Lisa Kellogg (Quads 036, 043)
Here are a couple of photos of the grass up at Harris Creek on August 18th.  We went to great effort to collect this on our new pump intake :)

Here is a photo of one sample that contained grass that gives you a rough estimate of the density.

Unfortunately, the photos of [...]

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“Explosion” of SAV in the Chester River

August 31st, 2016 · No Comments

We have definitely been noticing tons of grasses. We actually just went out yesterday to inspect a reported sighting of “something big and dark…

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Potomac near DCA

August 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

Corrine Irwin (Quad 034)
Surveyed the Potomac River from Gravelly Point, along the full perimeter of DCA, through and beyond the Washington Sailing Marina/Dangerfield Island (38.864427, -77.038515 to 38.830060, -77.038029). It was wonderful to see such a thick, lush bed of grasses yesterday!  I’m not sure how far beyond the lat/long I provided it extended. I saw [...]

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Lower James River

August 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Paul Richardson (Quad 147)
Corey, Casey and I just returned from the James.  The good news is that we’ve recovered 100% of the 3 temperature sensors there.  The other good news is that the grass looks pretty decent adjacent to the north island of the Bridge tunnel.  There is also patchy grass in the areas of [...]

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Gibson Island

August 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Mark Lewandowski (Quad 024)
Dave Harp, Mike Norman and I went to monitor our restoration sites yesterday, and found a lot of grass.  I threw together a few slides.

These are roughly the areas we seeded.

This is where we observed SAV yesterday.  The smaller polygon at the top had mostly milfoil 80%, the rest was elodea, some [...]

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Eastern Neck Area

August 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Terry Willis (Quad 009, 015, 021, 026)
This season’s growth along the bayside of Eastern Neck has been good, with extremely dense beds along the shoreline, beginning north of Tubby Cove and extending into Calf Pasture Cove.  Shipyard Creek also is well covered (acres-mostly milfoil, but with wigeon grass also) but a late June trip through [...]

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Miles River Observations

June 10th, 2016 · No Comments

I was out on my standup paddle board Friday, June 10, during dead low tide and saw a huge bed extending from the mouth of Oak…

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Smith Island Observations, June 2016

June 6th, 2016 · No Comments

Brooke Landry
The SAV in Smith Island usually looks pretty healthy, but they looked even better than usual last week. No epiphytes and bright bright green. Zostera and Ruppia!

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