Saving Bay Country
In the early 1960s, the environment was so tainted with pollutants that some ecosystems and habitats were in danger of imminent collapse. Species like the Bald Eagle were headed for extinction. Those worries ushered in the birth of a national environmental movement that has spawned efforts to clean the air, land and water through legislation and grassroots effort. In this segment, a look back at the movement's birth, and its evolution to the present.
There are more Natural Scientists working with the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, than anywhere else in the world. Using data from the Earth Observing System of satellites, scientists are compiling multi-spectral data on topics that directly influence the climate and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay watershed: sea surface temperature, deep ocean temperature, rainfall, hurricane anatomy, sea level rise -- and an array of other fascinating subjects. Using stunning, state-of-the-art NASA animations of earth processes interwoven with interviews from key scientists (including NASA and DNR) about the impact of select findings on our region; this segment looks at the Chesapeake on a planetary scale.
Trust in the Land
In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, farmlands are increasingly recognized as bulwarks against a rising sea of concrete. Land Trusts are playing a vital role, helping government agencies protect cultural lands, forests, wetlands, open space, wildlife habitat and fertile farmland. To assist in that effort, the Chesapeake Bay Program - a state and federal partnership to restore the Chesapeake Bay, is helping to identify land that could be set aside.