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  1. Water/Ways: Depleting the Protein Factory of Chesapeake Bay

    February 4, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Calvert Library

    Dr. Vic Kennedy, a Professor Emeritus at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, uses eyewitness reports by early colonists as well as historical newspaper articles and federal and state management reports from the 1800's to paint a picture of a cornucopia that we can now only imagine. Join us for this presentation and Q&A session about the history and future of the Chesapeake Bay. In 1940, H.L. Mencken referred to Chesapeake Bay as "the immense protein factory." In the late 1800's, Virginia and Maryland supplied more oysters each year than any other region in North America and Europe, yielding nearly 20 million bushels in 1885 compared with about 800,000 bushels today. Where are we now? While at the library, visit the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit at the library. The exhibit explores the centrality of water in our lives including its effect on the environment and climate, its practical role in agriculture and economic planning and its impact on culture and spirituality.

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