Chesapeake Bay Benthic Monitoring Program

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Why Monitor Benthos?

The Chesapeake Bay Programs assess benthos because they:

  • are reliable and sensible indicators of habitat quality in aquatic environments,
  • respond to multiple types of environmental stress,
  • reflect environmental conditions that vary over time,
  • live in bottom sediments where exposure to contaminants and oxygen stress are most frequent, and
  • indicate local conditions because they have limited mobility and cannot migrate to avoid stressful situations.

 

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Revised: March 20, 2003.