Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Turning the Tide", an examination of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, was first published by Island Press in 1991. This updated edition addresses new developments and examines the factors that will have the most significant effects on the health of the Bay into the 21st century.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 365-374) and index.
For all those who want to know not only how much must be done to save the Chesapeake Bay but what they can do and how they can make a difference, Turning the Tide is an essential source of information.
About the Author
Tom Horton is an environmental columnist for The Baltimore Sun, and author of Bay Country (Johns Hopkins, 1994), Island Out of Time (Norton, 1996) and Waters Way (Johns Hopkins, 2000).
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, founded in 1967, is the largest nonprofit conservation organization working solely to save the Chesapeake Bay. Based in Annapolis, Maryland, the Foundation is supported by more than 100,000 active members.
Table of Contents
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 BeastThe Estuary
-A Rare FlowerThe Geologic Bay
-Slosh and BurpThe Winds Will
-The Only Constant Is Change
-If You Harvest the Bay, Pray for Drought
-Avalanche! A Bit of River Goes a Long Way
-ProductivityThe Bays True Value
-Doing More with Less
-Ordering the Bays House
-Oysters Are Much More than Hors DOeuvres
-The Chesapeake Ecosystem
-What the Animals Are Saying
-Vicious Cycles in Reverse
PART II. State of the Bay
Chapter 2. Pollution
-SewageReal Progress, but Big Tests to Come
-SusquehannaThe River That Is the Bay
-SedimentDirts Long, Slow Dance
-Toxics and Bacteria
-Dissolved OxygenThe Bays Bottom Line
-If Fish Made Clean Water Rules
Chapter 3. Harvests
-Lesson of the Rockfish
-Managing FishThe Big Picture
-CrabsA 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. CBFs State of the Bay Report
Appendix B. Chesapeake 2000
Appendix C. Chesapeake Bay Timeline