Chesapeake Bay Blues

Chesapeake Bay Blues

by Howard R. Ernst
     
 

Addressing the limited success of the ongoing restoration of Chesapeake Bay, this book shows how the political process has worked against the interests of science, the public, and environmentalists. Ernst (political science, United States Naval Academy) cites dismally poor conditions—such as fisheries in decline and drinking water in danger—and shows how the… See more details below

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Addressing the limited success of the ongoing restoration of Chesapeake Bay, this book shows how the political process has worked against the interests of science, the public, and environmentalists. Ernst (political science, United States Naval Academy) cites dismally poor conditions—such as fisheries in decline and drinking water in danger—and shows how the forces contributing to these degradations are sown deeply into America's political fabric. He suggests new directions for the future, and that a new course of policy is necessary to improve the bay's condition. Topics include the difficulty of achieving nutrient reductions, interest group imbalance and agricultural policy, and the decline of the blue crab. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Ecology
This splendidly written, carefully documented account of the ecological and economic devastation of one of the nation's great resources is a sad commentary on the human race.
Baltimore Sun
I hope Chesapeake Bay Blues is widely read and debated, because business as usual—even tweaked a bit—isn't going to cut it for restoring the Chesapeake.
— Tom Horton
Library Journal
Ernst (political science, U.S. Naval Acad.) has written a slender book that is nonetheless packed with information on the politics and science behind the past, present, and future management of the Chesapeake Bay. Dividing his book first into sections on politics and science and then even further into chapters such as "The Chesapeake Bay as a Political Dilemma: Understanding the Political Barriers to Environmental Policy" and "All You Can Eat?: The Difficult Task of Protecting the Blue Crab," he digs deep into the exterior and interior layers of policy and procedure that surround Chesapeake Bay protection measures. Ernst presents complex ideas and concepts in detail while still making them accessible to beginning students or interested lay readers-no small task. Backed by a plethora of cited references, Ernst goes further than most authors and provides a detailed "Notes" section on interesting and necessary background and "See Also" information for each chapter. A wise choice for all academic libraries as well as for all public libraries in the Chesapeake Bay region.-Susan E. Brazer, Salisbury Univ. Lib., MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
The Annapolis Capital
Howard Ernst, author of Chesapeake Bay Blues, has made quite a splash in the environmental community.
The Washington Post
Anyone who claims to care about the Chesapeake Bay should read Chesapeake Bay Blues by Howard R. Ernst, a Naval Academy political science professor. [Chesapeake Bay Blues] is the first serious look at the Chesapeake that targets with precision what Ernst considers the real problem: politics, and the unwillingness of the public, business, industry, science, environmentalists or the government at any level to acknowledge the complexity and severity of the issues and deal with them realistically.
Spinsheet
A very important book. The book is an eye-opening exploration into the 'inability of the political process to adequately address environmental problems.'
Journal Of Environmental Quality
Very well writtern and provides an easily understandable description of the political challenges faced by those proposing new or more stringent enviornmental regulations or programs.
Gerald L. Baliles Baliles
Howard Ernst paints a stunning portrait of the Chesapeake Bay with a broad brush, yet fills the canvas with documented details of challenges to water quality, living resources and management programs. The text is written with energy and conviction without being melodramatic. A most valuable contribution to a growing library on the Bay.
Tom Horton
I hope Chesapeake Bay Blues is widely read and debated, because business as usual—even tweaked a bit—isn't going to cut it for restoring the Chesapeake.
Michael Kraft
Chesapeake Bay Blues is an exceptionally rich and insightful analysis of how the nation's largest estuary fell victim to human greed, economic expansion, and pollution. Ernst skillfully surveys the multiple causes of the Bay's deterioration, with appropriate attention both to environmental science and public policy issues. The book offers a highly readable and well-informed account of threats to the Bay's health and what might be done to restore both the ecosystem and the enormous economic values it brings to the region.
Journal Of Environmental Quality - Roger A. Burke
Very well written and provides an easily understandable description of the political challenges faced by those proposing new or more stringent environmental regulations or programs.
former Maryland state senator Bernie Fowler
Chesapeake Bay Blues should motivate a wake-up call for all Bay lovers. A reading must for all concerned.
Bay Weekly
Ernst has made some bold conclusions and in doing so, he's bucking the conventional wisdom esposed by the conglomeration of interests involved in the Bay restoration effort.
The Heartland Institute
Ernst has provided an excellent history of natural resource preservation. He does a marvelous job of accurately defining the Chesapeake Bay and its physical, chemical, and biological inputs and outputs. Ernst has done a good service for all of us interested in the Chesapeake Bay by telling its fascinating story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742523500
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
American Political Challenges Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
0.63(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Bernie Fowler
Chesapeake Bay Blues should motivate a wake-up call for all Bay lovers. A reading must for all concerned.

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