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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says there's good news on the health of the Chesapeake Bay: "The blue crab is coming back and you see more of them."
Heavy rains and a hot summer harmed the Chesapeake Bay's health last year, earning it the second worst grade on a yearly report card issued Tuesday by the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science.
The Maryland Legislature has passed a controversial bill that limits where new septic systems can be installed.
Marylanders can likely expect a hike in their annual sewer bills.
Underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay declined more than 20 percent last year, hurt by summer heat and heavy rains and snow melt that sent tons of mud and debris into the bay, the Chesapeake Bay Program said Wednesday.