Chesapeake Bay pollution grows after Tropical Storm Lee

Debris clogs many portions of the Chesapeake after last week's heavy rainfall. (Photo: ABC7)

SANDY POINT STATE PARK, Md. (AP) — A yoga mat, truck tires, a basketball and the seat from a portable toilet. Those items and thousands more are floating down the Chesapeake Bay, which is receiving the flood waters from the Susquehanna and other rivers swollen by rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.

Rain wasn't falling Monday, but just above the Bay Bridge, the debris from the storms was still coming down the bay. Seagulls, sandpipers and other birds were resting on the floating logs and other debris under sunny skies, flitting above the now muddy waters of the bay.

Bay scientists says the flood waters are bringing sediment, spilled sewage, fertilizer and other pollutants into the bay, threatening bay grasses and species such as oysters that are key to keeping its waters clean.