Maryland Coastal Bays Get Report Card

Increasing pollution has resulted in declining health for Maryland’s coastal bays near Ocean City. The bays in Worcester County have been given a grade of C-plus by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The northern bays surrounded by resort development are said to be in the worst shape. Although underwater grasses seem to be rebounding, bay grasses are less abundant and water clarity is declining. Like the Chesapeake Bay, the coastal bays are suffering from too many nutrients from development and farms.