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September 12, 2011

Flood's aftermath: debris litters shore

The Susquehanna River flooding has subsided since Friday, but the raging waters washed tons of mud and debris into the Chesapeake Bay.

Pictured here is a stretch of shoreline on the Magothy River in northern Anne Arundel County. The debris washes up on shore, much of it. But the mud settles on the bottom as it drifts down.

Here's a link to a satellite image of the bay, where you can see the Susquehanna quite clearly and the caramel-colored plume its created in the upper bay. (It's a huge image, so scroll right and down to find the river and the bay.) 

(Photo: Magothy River, by Amelia Koch, Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

Posted by Tim Wheeler at 6:34 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Chesapeake Bay
        

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What this picture doesn't show is the millions of gallons of raw sewage dumped into the bay from municipal and county systems all along the Patapsco and Susquehanna. That does a lot more damage to the Bay than logs and eelgrass, as unsightly as they may be!

Chesapeake Bay color corrected satellite images, as well as water quality information in the aftermath of these historic flows to the Bay, can be viewed at Maryland DNR's Eyes on the Bay water quality website.

http://www.eyesonthebay.net

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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

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