Dry conditions over much of the Bay watershed helped to make 2015 the fourth-best year for overall Bay water quality in three decades, according to figures released Wednesday by the Chesapeake Bay Program.
The amount of pollution that washed into the Chesapeake Bay dropped dramatically in 2015, a trend advocates said is promising but also may have more to do with the weather than with bay cleanup efforts.
In a historic rebound, California sea otters, the frolicking ocean ambassadors of Monterey Bay and Big Sur, have reached their highest population level since 1982, when federal and state officials first began keeping track.
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