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The Chesapeake Bay restoration effort has been touted as the nation's premier environmental restoration program. Yet the Bay and the living systems it supports remain in dismally poor condition, with fisheries in decline and drinking water in danger. This book addresses the Chesapeake Bay as a political problem and reveals how the political process has worked against the interests of science, the public, and environmental advocates all at once. Author Howard Ernst shows that the forces driving environmental degradation are sown deeply into the political soul of America, posing menacing challenges to those fighting to restore large ecosystems like the Chesapeake Bay. The book serves as a political roadmap for the future, suggesting how a different course of policy action is needed to 'Save the Bay.'
Part 1 I The Chesapeake Bay and Environmental Politics Chapter 2 The Chesapeake Bay: Management of North America's Largest Estuary; Managing the Chesapeake Bay; The State of the Bay: A Limited Inventory of Living Resources; Conclusion Chapter 3 The Chesapeake Bay as a Political Dilemma: Understanding the Political Barriers to Environmental Policy; "It's the Economy, Stupid": How Economic Primacy Influences Environmental Politics; Divided Government and the Race to the Bottom: How America's Fragm Part 4 II Nutrient Management and Bay Politics Chapter 5 Swimming against the Tide: Nutrient Reduction Efforts in the Bay Watershed; The Difficulty of Achieving Nutrient Reductions; The Scorecard: Measuring Nutrient; Reduction "Success"; Conclusion Chapter 6 The Political Fight of Nutrient Management Policy: The Case of Agricultural Regulation; Agricultural Nutrient Loading; Political Background: The Fight for Enforceable Agricultural Regulations in Maryland and Pennsylvania; Environmental Theory: Toward a De Part 7 III The Blue Crab and Bay Politics Chapter 8 All You Can Eat? The Difficult Task of Protecting the Blue Crab; The Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus); The Decline of the Blue Crab; Factors Complicating Blue Crab Management for the Chesapeake Bay; The Struggle for a Sensible Management Strategy; Co Chapter 9 Battling Over the Blue Crab: The Politics of Crab Management in Virginia and Maryland; Blue Crab Management in Virginia; Blue Crab Management in Maryland; Environmental Theory: Toward a Deeper understanding of Blue Crab Management; Economic Primacy and Bl Part 10 IV Learning from the Past Chapter 11 Toward a Brighter Future for the Chesapeake Bay; Ten Measures to Improve Politics for the Bay; Concludsion Chapter 12 Appendix: Nutrient Management and the Bay