The Miles River
The Chesapeake Bay is the nationís largest and historically most productive estuary. The Bayís nutrient-rich waters provide many different types of habitat that support diverse communities of plants and animals.
But with an average depth of only 21 feet spread over its 200 mile length, the Bay is especially vulnerable to pollution. With 11,000 miles of shoreline, the Bay is the gathering place for millions of tons of dirt and pollutants running off the land each year.
Why is the water brown? Every rainstorm brings more sediment washing into the river. Blooms of algae are caused by the over-rich nutrient load carried by the runoff.
Location. 38° 47.226′ N, 76° 13.158′ W. Marker is in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker is on Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rebuilding Rosie Parks (within shouting
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of the Chesapeake Maritime Museum.
Categories. • Environment • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.