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CHESAPEAKE BAY-Watermen Fear Blue Crab Not Coming Back-HISTORY OF BAY


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« on: July 16, 2008, 10:30:28 am »










Chesapeake Bay has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

I lived in on its Maryland shores for 20 years, until 1989.



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But Thomas Courtney, who sells Kellam the alewife fish he uses for bait, laughs when asked whether state efforts to revive blue crabs will bring them back.

"It ain't what we're pulling out of the water. It's what we're putting in the water," says Courtney, 62. "You've got a cornfield, 20 acres, you put 80 or 90 houses on it, hook 'em up to sewer pipes, put roads and ditches down.

That's what's destroyed the bay.

It ain't us.

They let development take over and then, that's it, we're done."




Mr. Courtney is right, even way back in 1989 things had deteriorated to a dangerous point.

But nobody was listening and they kept building and building........
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