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Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Project Coordinator, Jackson Davis (VIMS) | Volume Coordinator, Beverly Laird (VIMS)
The effects of Tropical Storm Agnes on the Chesapeake Bay Estuarine System
Chesapeake Research Consortium
Chesapeake Research Consortium publication ; no. 54
All Virginia waters within Chesapeake Bay were closed for the taking of shellfish for direct consumption on 23 June 1972. This initial closing was in anticipation of high microorganism levels accompanying flood waters moving downstream. Various areas beginning with the lower portion of Chesapeake Bay were reopened beginning )n 20 July 1972. By 5 October 1972 all areas closed as a result )f Tropical Storm Agnes were reopened. No increased incidents of infectious diseases caused by waterborne microorganisms were noted in Virginia which could be attributed to Tropical Storm Agnes.
Lynch, M. P. and Jones, J. Claiborne, "Public health aspects of Tropical Storm Agnes in Virginia's portion of Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries" (1976). VIMS Books and Book Chapters. 77.