The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says a rise in Chesapeake Bay pollution is tied to ongoing wastewater treatment problems in the Baltimore region.
New data shared this month by the environmental group shows a rise in nitrogen pollution in the Chesapeake Bay in 2021, which coincides with documented operational and maintenance failures inside the Back River and Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plants.
The rise in nitrogen pollution in the Bay comes after a decade’s worth of decline, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).
The group’s Maryland Senior Scientist says the increased nitrogen pollution detected last year will make it harder for the State of Maryland to achieve new nitrogen-level goals by 2025.
“The upsets happening at the two wastewater treatment plants -- because its so much volume, its millions of gallons a day at a much higher volume of nitrogen rate than what is permitted by their permit -- it actually reversed our progress,” said Doug Myers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.