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2022 Chesapeake Bay Mainstem - Bottom Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)

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Stations Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
CB1.0 - Susquehanna River 12.2 14.2 13.7 11.6
CB1.1 - Susquehanna River - 13.9 13.2 11.5
CB2.1 - Turkey Point - 14.3 12.9 11.5
CB2.2 - Still Pond 13.2 11.8 11.8 10.7
CB3.1 - Gunpowder Neck 10.8 10.4 6.4 5.7
CB3.2 - Swan Point 10.9 10.4 6 4.3
CB3.3W - Bay Bridge (NW) - 11.6 9.8
CB3.3E - Bay Bridge (NE) - 10.8 9.9
CB3.3C - Bay Bridge 10.3 10.2 7.1 4
CB4.1C - Kent Point (SW) 10.4 10.5 7.9 4
CB4.1E - Kent Point (S) - 7.8 4.4
CB4.1W - Horseshoe Point - 10.5 5.5
CB4.2E - Tilghman Island - 11.7 8.6
CB4.2C - MD Mid Bay 10.6 10.7 8.2 6.4
CB4.2W - Plum Point - 9.6 4.8
CB4.3W - Dares Beach - 10.3 10.8
CB4.3E - Mouth of Choptank River - 8.4 6.5
CB4.3C - Dares Beach 10.6 10.8 8.3 6.6
CB4.4 - Cove Point 10.5 11.2 8.7 8
CB5.1W - Mouth of Patuxent River 11.8 12.7 11.7 9.8
CB5.1 - Cedar Point 10.3 11.2 8.8 8
CB5.2 - Point No Point 11 11.3 8.8 8
CB5.3 - Smith Point 11.1 11.3 9.2 7.8

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.

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