Water quality is essential to marine life. The new Department of Environmental Planning and Protection actually has the ability to initiate investigations into water quality.
Isn’t that cool? then we can know what the state of the water was or normally is before a major impact like an oil or chemical spill. Then we would have a scientific standard for the the cleanup and remediation to be measured against.

Dr. Ancilleno Davis and Chris Havrilla us a YSI water quality analyzer in the Chincoteague area. circa 2005