Water quality monitoring on the Rachel CarsonData collection and water quality monitoring are the backbone of environmental sciences, as well as resource management. The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory has a long history in monitoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay and her tributaries, taking readings of vital conditions, such as water temperature, salinity, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, phytoplankton, toxic substances, and submerged aquatic vegetation.

Long-term measurements have enabled scientists to characterize existing conditions and to detect changes in water quality in response to man-made stresses, as well as management strategies. As CBL continues to participate in Chesapeake Bay-wide research, it also has taken a leading role in linking existing coastal monitoring centers into a national network.

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