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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.'

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742523517
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: American Political Challenges Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,200,178
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard R. Ernst is assistant professor of political science at the United States Naval Academy.

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Table of Contents

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

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