The Chesapeake Bay, the largest bay in the United States, is home to over 3,600 species of animals and plants. It is important to study this area, especially the surrounding bodies of water that feed into this vital bay. The Patuxent River estuary is an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It has an extensive network of tributaries and marshes, which act as buffers and filters for water entering the Patuxent River and eventually the Bay.

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