The big news for 2018 was all that rain. The National Weather Service logged it as the wettest year on record for the Northeast. Baltimore/Washington Airport logged more than 72″ when we normally get 30″ inches of rain. All that rain had a negative impact on our rivers — but the news isn’t all bad. Look at the score card, and you’ll see that the 2018 grades for water clarity and bacteria are only 9% worse than last year, while nutrients remained about the same, and dissolved oxygen actually improved. We even found a small patch of underwater grasses growing at the mouth of the Rhode River, a phenomenon we haven’t seen in quite a few years.
By the Numbers: Data by graphs
We are part of the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Coalition (MTAC). To see the assessment methods we used, see MTAC’s Sampling and Data Analysis Protocols.