Turning the Tide
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In 1991, Island Press published Turning the Tide, a unique and accessible examination of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The book took an indepth look at the Bay’s vital signs to gauge the overall health of its entire ecosystem and to assess what had been done and what remained to be done to clean up the Bay.
This new edition of Turning the Tide addresses new developments of the past decade and examines the factors that will have the most significant effects on the health of the Bay in the coming years.With new case studies and updated maps, charts, and graphs, the book builds on the analytical power of ten years of experience to offer a new perspective, along with clear, science-based recommendations for the future.
For all those who want to know not only how much must be done to save the Bay but what they can do and how they can make a difference, Turning the Tide is an essential source of information.
"Make no mistake about it, the clock is running out on the Chesapeake. In Turning the Tide, Tom Horton and William Eichbaum tell us in the clearest possible terms what is happening to the bay and what is to be done about it. More than a status report, what we have here is a thoughtful and well-documented call to action."
William W. Warner, author of "Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay"
"Turning the Tide is an exciting book, rich in information and insights on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. One of the world's richest estuaries, the Chesapeake is a 'protein factory.' When healthy, it produces almost as much protein as the Mediterranean Sea. The purpose of this book, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation which sponsored it, is to build support for restoring the bay's health."
Lester R. Brown, President, Worldwatch Institute
"Turning the Tide is a fascinating checkup of the health of our beloved Chesapeake Bay. It gives us reason for hope—and for moving with dispatch to tackle the many ills that still plague this wondrous waterway."
Gilbert M. Grosvenor, President and Chairman, National Geographic Society
List of Figures
Foreword \ William C. Baker
Preface: Saving the Bay, Failing the Bay: The Last Decade and the Next
About This Book
PART I. The Chesapeake Ecosystem
Chapter 1. The Bay Connects Us, the Bay Reflects Us
-The Small, Skinny Bay
-The Great, Green Filter
-The Amputated Bay
-An Unruly Beast—The Estuary
-A Rare Flower—The Geologic Bay
-Slosh and Burp—The Wind’s Will
-The Only Constant Is Change
-If You Harvest the Bay, Pray for Drought
-Avalanche! A Bit of River Goes a Long Way
-Productivity—The Bay’s True Value
-Doing More with Less
-Ordering the Bay’s House
-Oysters Are Much More than Hors D’Oeuvres
-The Chesapeake Ecosystem
-What the Animals Are Saying
-Vicious Cycles in Reverse
PART II. State of the Bay
Chapter 2. Pollution
-Sewage—Real Progress, but Big Tests to Come
-Susquehanna—The River That Is the Bay
-Sediment—Dirt’s Long, Slow Dance
-Toxics and Bacteria
-Dissolved Oxygen—The Bay’s Bottom Line
-If Fish Made Clean Water Rules
Chapter 3. Harvests
-Lesson of the Rockfish
-Managing Fish—The Big Picture
-Crabs—A Historic Opportunity Lost
-Management of Other Species
Chapter 4. Resilience
-Edges of the Bay
-Bottom of the Bay
-Upstream and Down
Chapter 5. The Ultimate Issue: People
-How We Live
-How Many of Us
PART III. Lessons and Recommendations
-What Kind of Bay Do We Want?
-The Ultimate Issue: People
-Toward an Environmental Ethic
Appendix A. CBF’s State of the Bay Report
Appendix B. Chesapeake 2000
Appendix C. Chesapeake Bay Timeline