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Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

Baltimore's Inner harbor is experience earlier than usual and more severe than usual pollution problems, especially the infamous/notorious 'mahogany tides' ... even the creeks on the eastern shore are already beginning to show ''$hiá water".

"Mahogany Tide" at Baltimore Inner Harbor

Most know the 'real' answer for this, but municipal entities enjoy sovereign immunity so this will probably continue until we can 'walk' on the turd-water or 'the cities' along the Ches. suffers a major epidemic from the 'contagion' they keep pumping into the water.
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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

The irony of the report is that they claimed all this was caused by heavy rains from the hurricane that washed all those nutrients into the bay. When we have the same conditions during a drought, the biologist all claim the problem stems from not enough rain to flush the nutrients out of the bay. Amazin' how that works!

Of course, Maryland watermen and Maryland DNR will both tell you that the seafood coming from the bay is perfectly safe to eat--just cook it well. Here's a neat link to the Maryland Department of Environment's fish consumption advisory: http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/...ies%202011.pdf Keep in mind this chart is meals per month--not per day or week.

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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

Speaking of flushing. This sentence from the article: "The sewage may have found its way into the harbor, causing the algae to multiply."
MAY HAVE? Where the he!! else would it go?

They will have to widen the C&D canal to increase the flushing action on the Bay if that would even help.

Best to head south and to the eastern shore of the Bay to keep as far away from this mess as possible.
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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

Obviously, increasing flush and fuel taxes will abate the situation!!
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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

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Obviously, increasing flush and fuel taxes will abate the situation!!
Yeah! The algae bloom is probably being caused from all those overflowing septic tanks in Baltimore.

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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

Several folks commented on the water being clearer than normal at Dunn Cove this past weekend. Clearer than normal meaning you could see a bit more than 1/2 of your rudder.
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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

Not to mention our new booze tax!!

Red light camara revenue??

Gambling revenue??

Bag tax??

I could go on....
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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

I'm sure before it is all over they will find some way to tie it to boats.

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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

SHUT UP and pay your fair share!!
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Re: Large pollution 'slugs' starting early in the Chesapeake this year.

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Several folks commented on the water being clearer than normal at Dunn Cove this past weekend. Clearer than normal meaning you could see a bit more than 1/2 of your rudder.
I am positively thrilled to report that the waters in the West River, and the adjacent Bay area were beautiful this weekend. I won a singlehand race, and grabbed a mooring ball off of the West River Sailing Club. I could see the entire rudder of my Pearson 30, and a goodly bit of my hull.

The water color is a clean, green color. It my cove, where I dock my boat, I observed an explosion of underwater grasses where there hadn't been any before. Hopefully the resident goose population will be brought under control before they eat it all.
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