The good news is Maryland appears to be mostly on track with its goals to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
The bad news is the state is lagging behind in reducing nitrogen in The Bay and “still has a long way to go,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (See the full report below)
An over-abundance of nitrogen causes excessive algae to grow, which blocks out the sun and prevents plants from growing in the water.
“In fact, excessive nitrogen flushed into the Bay by polluted runoff has actually increased by four percent in Maryland since 2009, according to the EPA's data,” according to a release from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.