Chesapeake Quarterly
Algae to Biofuels for a Healthier Bay?
March 2009 • Volume 8, Number 1
Patrick Kangas monitors rising levels on his oxygen meter
ERICA GOLDMAN

At least half the Bay's total load of nitrogen and phosphorus makes its entrance through the narrow mouth of the Susquehanna River. Once in the Bay, these nutrients feed the prolific algae that have become the hallmark of dead zones and a degraded Chesapeake. One visionary scientist has a concept that could capture nutrients before they enter the Bay, while injecting oxygen into bottom waters at the same time. more . . .

Barley field

Can a commodity crop turn a profit while helping to clean the Bay? A new biofuel plant in Hopewell, Virginia, is betting that it can. more . . .

Continental Airlines recently completed the first flight of an algae-powered jet — the race is on to find cleaner, greener jet fuels.
more . . .

Water quality specialist Dan Terlizzi probes the performance of cover crops — how well are they keeping nutrients out of the Bay? more . . .

Dan Terlizzi US Capitol

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