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Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics, and the Struggle to Save the Bay

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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 i ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published 2003)
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Paul Haspel
The Chesapeake Bay is an endangered estuary; everyone knows that, in theory. Yet even if you already knew that in the abstract, Chesapeake Bay Blues will make you very concretely aware of that unwelcome reality.

Author Howard R. Ernst, a political science professor at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, finds that any attempt to manage the health of the Bay immediately runs into a wide array of problems – some of them scientific, but many of them political in nature. Politically speakin
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Debbie
The author came to our school last semester to give a lecture about the politics about the Bay. It sounded interesting so when I saw the book in the school library, I checked it out. It was a pretty fast read despite the subject matter, though that might be because I'm a public policy major so I was used to policy case studies. Ernst's hypothesis is that the current policy is not enough to "Save the Bay." Instead, Ernst calls for greater and stricter political regulation. He emphasizes the need ...more
Laura
I thought this did a good job of explaining the social, political, and economic problems behind actually fixing the pollution and damage in the Chesapeake. The science on what is wrong is clear, the actual, practical solutions are not. This helped explain the reasons why things in the Bay are very difficult to fix: from the farmers to the residents to the fishermen, there are serious consequences to the changes that they have to face.
Mark
very readable for non poli-sci/ public policy students. makes the case that current conservation efforts are inadequate and that much of the blame lies with the political infrastructure. offers possible solutions to address these shortcomings.
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