The chesapeake bay toxics issue revisited

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Over the last 20 years, a decline in key Chesapeake Bay fisheries such as oysters (Crassostrea virginica ) and striped bass (Morone saxatilis ) has prompted concern over deteriorating water quality resulting from the input of toxic chemicals. The goal of the 1988 Toxics Reduction Strategy sponsored by the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia and the District of Columbia was stated as follows: "By the year 2000 the input of toxic substances from all controllable sources to the Chesapeake Bay will be reduced to levels that result in no toxic or bioaccumulative impacts on the living resources that inhabit the Bay or on human health." The overall goal is the development of a risk assessment which will provide an estimate of the ecological "cost" of toxic chemical pollution in the Bay ecosystem

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  • David A. Wright

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