Chesapeake Waters: Four Centuries of Controversy, Concern, and Legislation

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Chesapeake Waters chronicles four centuries of public attitudes about the Bay - and legislative responses to them - from 1607, the date of the first English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, to the close of the twentieth century. In the last few decades, wide-reaching measures by federal and local governments have influenced how people use the Bay: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed a massive study of Bay quality; the Chesapeake Bay Program was launched; the Critical Area Protection Act went into...
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Overview

Chesapeake Waters chronicles four centuries of public attitudes about the Bay - and legislative responses to them - from 1607, the date of the first English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, to the close of the twentieth century. In the last few decades, wide-reaching measures by federal and local governments have influenced how people use the Bay: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completed a massive study of Bay quality; the Chesapeake Bay Program was launched; the Critical Area Protection Act went into effect. The authors make sense of these complex programs, place them in historical context, and explain how they have improved the quality of Bay waters. Chesapeake Waters is as much about the power of public perception as it is about efforts to oversee Bay water quality. In a work rich with anecdotes and historical art and photos, the authors relate how human attitudes and ideas have shaped four hundred years of decisions about the Chesapeake Bay.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870335013
  • Publisher: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 From Jamestown to Contract with America 3
2 Noble Arm of the Sea 10
3 Many Deep-Water Ports 21
4 A Well, a Sink, a Pesthole 34
5 Traders and Watermen 50
6 Land of Pleasant Living 66
7 An Immense Protein Factory 76
8 Sewage and Shellfish 83
9 "Don't Let the Factories In" 104
10 A Bay Bureaucracy 119
11 Save the Bay: The 1960s and Early 1970s 130
12 Acts of God and Acts of Man 171
13 Managing an Integrated Ecosystem 195
14 Perceptions of the Chesapeake Bay 220
Notes 230
Selected Bibliography 256
Index 264
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