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Bay report: Chesapeake ‘in recovery’

A report from the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay Barometer calls the bay “an ecosystem in recovery,” with some data showing improvement in the Chesapeake’s health but others indicating continued problems. According to the report, issued on Tuesday, signs of resilience include a 24 percent increase in underwater grasses from 2012 to 2013 and increases in the populations of shad and juvenile striped bass. However, water quality didn’t improve during 2011 to 2013 from the previous three-year period, with 29 percent of the bay meeting standards. And between 2013 and 2014, spawning-age female blue crabs in the bay fell 53 percent, from 147 million to 68.5 million, far below the 215 million target.