Algae blooms in creeks of upper Chesapeake Bay have killed more than 60,000 fish.
"You could smell it through the neighborhood," said Rob Rogers, 45, who took a break from work at the Point Pleasant Beach Tavern to describe what he called "unbelievable" conditions on the creeks. Rogers said boaters reported dead fish floating in the water so thick they couldn't avoid hitting them.
The blooms are a recurring problem for the Bay, fed by nutrient runoff from surrounding lands. This time, the situation could have been aggravated by a sewer line break in Baltimore County. That spilled an estimated 50 million gallons of untreated sewage into the lower Patapsco River.