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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:30 am | Updated: 4:19 pm, Wed Apr 23, 2014.

EASTON — Underwater grass abundance in the Chesapeake Bay experienced a 24 percent resurgence from 48,195 acres to 59,927 acres between 2012 and 2013, and much of it was driven by advancements in the mid-Bay, according to new numbers from the Chesapeake Bay Program.

“It’s one of the key habitats that the Bay program (CBP) follows every year as an indicator of the water quality,” said Bob Orth, professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. “We are using Bay grasses as the canary in the cage, as one of the barometers of the health in the Bay.”

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