Underwater grasses and a crab pot near Crisfield, Md. In the Chesapeake Bay, underwater seagrass beds are growing, sheltering crabs and fish. The long-awaited recovery depends on efforts by farmers to prevent nutrients from polluting the giant estuary.
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This month, The state of Maryland announced a $4 million pilot program to dredge behind the Conowingo Dam. The dam has been holding back pollution for nearly a century, but recent research shows it has filled up with sediment faster than expected.
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Capt. Kermit Travers is one of the last African-American skipjack captains. The nearly 60 years he has spent on the water have been without a life jacket — even though he can't swim.