There is good news and bad news contained within the pages of a new report about the health status of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay program, a regional partnership managed by the EPA, recently released its Bay Barometer for 2013 and 2014.
The good news -- the bay is less polluted.
The bad news -- the female blue crab population is dangerously low.
Besides a reduction in pollution from the rivers that feed into the bay, there are other positive signs that the bay is getting healthier.
There was an increase in underwater grasses, which is a good indicator of bay health.
The bay also saw rises in spawning shad and juvenile striped bass.
But perhaps the most disappointing news, the abundance of spawning-age female crabs was slashed in half between 2013 and 2014.
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