Accession Number : ADA019426

Title :   Impact of Tropical Storm Agnes on Chesapeake Bay. Volume 1. Summary.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : CORPS OF ENGINEERS BALTIMORE MD BALTIMORE DISTRICT

Report Date : MAR 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : The report summarizes the long-term impact Tropical Storm Agnes had on the Chesapeake Bay Region. The June 1972 storm caused severe lowerings of salinity levels in the Bay, which resulted in high mortalities of immobile estuarine and marine species. Mobile species were less affected. The floodwaters carried large amounts of nutrients and sewage into the Bay, thereby creating a public health hazard. The major geological effect was the deposition of sediment. Storm-related economic costs on the Bay Region totaled $42.7 million. Immediate costs were damages to boats and the clearing of debris. Long-term economic losses occurred to the recreation and fisheries industry.

Descriptors :   *Storms, *Estuaries, *Chesapeake Bay, Tropical cyclones, Salinity, Aquatic plants, Mortality rates, Aquatic animals, Ecology, Flooding, Marine biology, Water pollution, Public health, Hazards, Sediments, Damage assessment, Costs, Boats, Recreation, Fisheries

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Water Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE