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Death of the Chesapeake: A History of the Military's Role in Polluting the Bay

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:08 am EDT

John Wiley & Sons is pleased to announce the recent publication of Death of the Chesapeake: A History of the Military's Role in Polluting the Bay (ISBN: 978-1-118-68627-0), a book which is certain to generate discussion among government officials, military personnel, and environmentalists. Moreover, anyone living around the Chesapeake Bay, particularly people who make their living from the Bay’s threatened marine life, will want to read this book for a new perspective on why the Bay is polluted and what can be done about it.

Author Richard Albright examines both the military’s policies towards the Chesapeake Bay and its uses of the Bay. Offering solid evidence, he reveals the extent of munitions dumpsites in and around the Bay. These dumpsites contain nitrogen, phosphorus, chemical warfare material, and other potentially hazardous or toxic substances. Moreover, Dr. Albright carefully documents the impact of the military’s dumping on the health of the Bay, its marine life, and the people who live around the Bay. The book concludes with the author's own clean-up plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

With dwindling populations of crabs, oysters and other marine life, the health of the Chesapeake Bay has been of great concern for decades. Death of the Chesapeake explores a major source of pollution that has been overlooked by most efforts to assess and restore the Bay: the military. The book also makes the case that efforts to restore the Bay must involve sampling to fully grasp the nature and extent of pollutants in the Bay.

By examining the role of the military, Death of the Chesapeake presents a unique view and perspective on the health and sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay and its surroundings. In order to help readers fully understand the Bay today, the book also provides an historical account. Starting with the formation of the Bay millions of years ago, the book unveils interesting facts about the Bay, including many that are generally unknown.

Author Richard D. Albright has worked for 20 years to restore the Chesapeake Bay and sailed the Bay for forty years. He is a chemical weapons and ordnance expert who has testified frequently before Congress, state governments, and federal courts on environmental issues. Dr. Albright is the recipient of the Cafritz Prize, awarded for his work to clean up and remediate a chemical weapons site. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Washingtonian Magazine, Washington Post, and Kansas City Star.

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