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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. Peter Essick/Getty Images/Aurora Creative hide caption

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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. Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr hide caption

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Pollution Buildup At Conowingo Dam May Harm Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

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Billy Crook's commercial crabbing boat, Pilot's Bride. He says it's looking like it's going to be a good year for crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. Selena Simmons-Duffin/NPR hide caption

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Chesapeake Bay Dead Zones Are Fading, But Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Success

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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. Barry Gordemer/NPR hide caption

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A Captain On The Chesapeake Bay, 'Lost' Without A Skipjack

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A manatee spotted in the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal on Thursday. It's very unusual for the Florida native to get so far north. Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife hide caption

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