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Editorial: Bay bulletins

It should go without saying that the health and use of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers will affect the well-being of the localities and people, including those of Gloucester and Mathews counties, who live within its embrace.

We read good news and bad news about the bay during the course of a year. We read of proposals that may develop positively, of ideas that may come to nothing, and of demands that may, or may not, come about.

Last week, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued its annual “report card” of the bay’s health: D+. Not great.

Here is a digest of Chesapeake Bay news items and opinions that have come our way in the last few months. Please read them, do your research, and if you are interested, form your own opinions and act thereon.

Dead zone

The bay’s “dead zone” was smaller than average last summer, reports the Bay Journal News Service.

The dead zone is an oxygen-deficient area created, Bay Journal said, “by excess amounts of nutrients that fuel algae blo...

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