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eutrophic marshDon't aquatic plants need nutrients to grow?

Yes, they do. The problem occurs when there are too many nutrients. This causes microscopic plants called algae to reproduce rapidly. These algae "blooms" form large mats which block sunlight from reaching the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), or grasses growing on the Bay's bottom. SAV is ideal habitat for small fish and crabs. Without sunlight, the SAV dies robbing the fish and crabs of food and shelter.


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