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The Heat is on: Warming Water Threatens Aquatic Life in Chesapeake Bay Region


January 26, 2023

Bay Journal photo by Dave Harp

Shrimp have moved into the lower Chesapeake Bay as the water there grows warmer, creating a commercial shrimp fishery in Virginia's portion of the Bay.

Warming water is threatening to undo decades of efforts aimed at improving aquatic habitat in the Chesapeake region, from headwater streams to the open water of the Bay itself.

The increasing water temperatures, which threaten species like brook trout and striped bass, are already offsetting some of the habitat benefits of the multibillion-dollar Bay restoration effort, a new report warns. Worse, some actions taken to reduce pollution are actually contributing to warmer, more stressful, stream conditions for fish.

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