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Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay

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The Chesapeake Bay is one of the initially beautiful regions and that have succumbed to the unbearable effects of environmental pollution.In the revelation of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Chesapeake Bay was considered among the healthiest regions in the world during the early 1600s. Chesapeake actually consisted of wetlands, resourceful lands and forest buffers that assisted in the absorption and cleansing of nutrients before getting into the water ecosystem. The filtered nutrients were allowed into the water body in their safest states harmless to the aquatic life. Chesapeake Bay Foundation in its yearly reports of health index of the Chesapeake Bay of 2010 compared to the 1600s indicated that in the early 1600s Chesapeake scored 100 out of 100 scales on health index. In 2010, the health index rating of Chesapeake watershed dropped to 31of the 100 scales of rating. Even up to date despite the efforts by the American government of allocating huge sums of dollars on the rehabilitation of Chesapeake Watershed, it has been hard to achieve and realize substantial achievements and results. The process of restoration is taking place at a dismal rate. However, Winter indicates that the administration of President Barrack Obama has shown some rays of commitment to the extent of introducing tuff and strict disciplinary measures against potentially discovered polluters.The Chesapeake Bay has an average of nine tributaries, which supplied fresh water into the watershed before the industrial revolution and haphazard the creation of industries that manufactured pollutant chemical substances. Among the main and recognized largest tributaries of Chesapeake Bay is the Susquehanna River initially supplied more than half the capacity of the total water in the Chesapeake watershed. The James and Potomac Rivers are the next largest tributaries of Chesapeake Bay. These rivers pass near industries, farmlands and homes from where hazardous chemical substances are channeled into the Chesapeake.