Chesapeake Bay Facts
Approximately 51 billion gallons of water flow into the Chesapeake Bay each day from its freshwater tributaries.
Collectively, the Chesapeake’s three largest rivers – the Susquehanna, Potomac and James rivers – provide more than 80 percent of the fresh water to the Bay.
The Susquehanna River is the Bay’s largest river. It provides nearly 50 percent of the fresh water coming into the Bay – an average of 19 million gallons of water per minute.
Expert Says Cooperation Can Resolve Global Water Scarcities"Uncertain access to fresh water is among the world’s greatest security threats. That’s according to the worldwide assessment delivered by U.S. intelligence agencies to Congress earlier in March. Water shortages, increasing pollution, flooding and climate change can all heighten instability within and between countries. But on this World Water Day (March 22), the United Nations says water scarcity offers opportunities for collaboration as well as conflict." VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Chesapeake Bay Facts source from
Chesapeake Bay Program (2013). Habitats. Accessed March 24, 2013 from http://www.chesapeakebay.net/discover/bay101/facts