2012 Algal Bloom
High-resolution aerial photographs taken by professor Kim Reece of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science show the broad extent of the algal blooms or “red tides” discoloring lower Chesapeake Bay during late July and early August of 2012.

The photos, taken as part of a July 31 reconnaissance and monitoring mission flown by Sid Adams of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, show that the blooms extend throughout the waters of Hampton Roads, up the middle of Chesapeake Bay at least as far north as the Rappahannock River, and along the bayside Eastern shore as far north as Nassawadox. Water sampling shows the bloom extends up the James River at least as far as its confluence with the Warwick River and as far south as the vicinity of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.
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