Skip to Main Content

Current Conditions Yearly Table View

Select a Year, Sampling Location, and Parameter:

2020 Chesapeake Bay Mainstem - Bottom Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)

Click on hyperlinked stations to view charts of water quality trends.

Stations Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
CB1.0 - Susquehanna River 13 12.6 13.5
CB1.1 - Susquehanna River 12.6 12.7 8.8
CB2.1 - Turkey Point 12.4 12.4 8.3
CB2.2 - Still Pond 10.6 11.9 7.1
CB3.1 - Gunpowder Neck 9.3 10.1 4.5
CB3.2 - Swan Point 8.4 9.6 2.4
CB3.3W - Bay Bridge (NW) 2.3
CB3.3E - Bay Bridge (NE) 4.9
CB3.3C - Bay Bridge 6.7 8.4 2.6
CB4.1C - Kent Point (SW) 5.8 8 1.1
CB4.1E - Kent Point (S) 3
CB4.1W - Horseshoe Point 3.8
CB4.2E - Tilghman Island 6.9
CB4.2C - MD Mid Bay 6.2 8.3 3
CB4.2W - Plum Point 4
CB4.3W - Dares Beach 3
CB4.3E - Mouth of Choptank River 3.7
CB4.3C - Dares Beach 6.7 8.3 4
CB4.4 - Cove Point 6.5 8.9
CB5.1W - Mouth of Patuxent River 8.1 8.9
CB5.1 - Cedar Point 6.8 8.9
CB5.2 - Point No Point 6.8 9.1
CB5.3 - Smith Point 7.7 9.4

Bottom Dissolved Oxygen (mg/l)
0.0 - 0.2 (anoxia - kills most life)
0.2 - 2.0 (hypoxia - harms bottom organisms)
2.0 - 3.0 (stresses smaller fish and crabs)
3.0 - 5.0 (stresses larger fish)
5.0 - 10.0 (healthy)
10.0 + (could indicate an algal bloom in summer)
No Data

Dissolved oxygen (DO) in the water sustains life for Bay organisms. Nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, from agricultural, sewer/septic and urban sources can fuel algal blooms that can starve the water of DO. DO levels above 5 mg/l are normally sufficient to support most life.

More info on: "Our Monitoring Explained"