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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the Chesapeake Bay? Explore our list of frequently asked questions to learn more about the Bay and its watershed, habitats and wildlife. You can browse the FAQ by category, or explore the answers to some of our most common questions below.

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What pollutes rivers and streams?

What is the difference between a tidal river and a non-tidal river?

What is a tributary?

Which rivers and streams flow into the Chesapeake Bay?

How many rivers and streams are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed?

How is fresh water brought into the Chesapeake Bay?

What is the difference between an estuary and a river?

How do fish passageways work?

How do dams affect rivers and streams?

What is fish passage?

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