Photo from U.S. Geological Circular 1225--The Quality of Our Nation's Waters--Nuttients and Pesticides
Photo by Larry J. Puckett
Large amounts of nitrate enter the Chesapeake Bay from the Susquehanna River. Nitrate concentrations in the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, generally were less than 2 mg/L. However, these concentrations, when multiplied by the large flows of the Susquehanna River, contribute large amounts of nitrate to Chesapeake Bay (especially compared with other rivers entering the bay) and provide enough nitrate to stimulate algal growth and affect the bay ecosystem.