Bay Grass Abundance
Underwater bay grasses provide crucial habitat for a variety of aquatic organisms, including fish, shellfish and, invertebrates. They are also important food sources for waterfowl. Healthy communities of underwater grass clear water by slowing currents and waves, allowing sediment to drop to the bottom. Bay grasses can also remove nutrients from the water, which reduces algal growth.
The most recent Bay-wide data from 2012 show bay grasses covering 48,194 acres – or a little over 26% of the 185,000-acre restoration goal. Maryland 2012 data show 24,508 acres – or 21.5% of its 114,000 acre restoration goal. Bay grass coverage is underestimated in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2011 due to incomplete survey data.
185,000 acres Bay-wide.