Larger summer ‘dead zone’ predicted for Chesapeake Bay

June 14, 2017
Scientists expect this year’s summer Chesapeake Bay hypoxic or “dead zone”—an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and aquatic life—will be larger than average, approximately 1.89 cubic miles. This is due to spring rainfall amounts in New York and Pennsylvania that led to an above average Susquehanna River nitrogen load (81.4 million pounds) to the Chesapeake Bay this spring.

Nanticoke Watershed Alliance’s Monitoring Program Reaches Highest Distinction

June 12, 2017
The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance tidal water quality monitoring program has achieved the highest standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program. This means that the data can be used by state and federal agencies in the highest level assessments, such as identifying whether the dissolved oxygen levels are sustainable for fish and other animals living in the Nanticoke River and its tributaries.

UMCES presents at Bay executive council meeting; President Boesch receives governor's citation

June 8, 2017
UMCES scientists invited to talk Bay restoration progress at Chesapeake Bay Program's Executive Council meeting. Also, President Don Boesch receives a governor's citation.

UMCES celebrates Don Boesch's 27 years as president

June 5, 2017
Former and current colleagues, local and state dignitaries, family and friends packed the Institute of Marine & Environmental Technology on Thursday, June 1, to celebrate 27 years of environmental leadership of outgoing University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science President Don Boesch.

UMCES scientists discover source of deep ocean color

May 23, 2017
How does colored dissolved organic matter, which originates from plant detritus (either on land or at sea), make it into the deep ocean? A team of scientists from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and around the world potentially found a viable marine source of this colored material.