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A Deep Dive Into the Dead Zone

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


In late July the Chesapeake Bay saw one of the worst “dead zones” on record, an area with low-oxygen water. By early August, conditions returned to the typical range, but efforts are ongoing in Maryland and surrounding states to shrink the dead zone. We speak to Tim Wheeler, managing editor of The Bay Journal, and Dr. Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. What do low oxygen levels mean for the health of plants and animals in the Bay? How will climate change - expected to bring warmer water temperatures and rising sea levels - affect the “dead zone”? We take a deep dive into the dead zone.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.