I was trained in earth sciences as a young and idealistic university student, and one thing I learned during my master’s program was that I’m not a very good scientist. But I am a good communicator, I recycle, and I am passionate about science and the environment.

So this is my favorite issue. I put love into every issue of the Chesapeake 360, but this particular edition I will admit some bias towards. Understanding our natural environment and resources should be a priority for everyone — after all, we have to share this planet, and we all count on clean air, water and food to survive.

This is especially true considering the current turmoil surrounding environmental standards, funding and the general political climate. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the public has rallied for environmental standards, and the Chesapeake Bay region has seen significant improvement in the quality of the bay and its tributaries.

For local watermen, sport fishermen, recreational users and anyone who just loves to be around the water, water quality is paramount. It affects all life, from the smallest microbes to our entire community. Josh Bollinger, news editor for the Star Democrat, gives us a special comprehensive report on the current state of the Chesapeake Bay and the issues surrounding current regulations.

In this issue you will also find all the information you need to volunteer for the annual Project Clean Stream. Join the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy to remove trash from our local waterways and public spaces. Events take place all over the Chesapeake Bay region throughout the entire month, so it’s easy to find a local group guiding a clean up.

This area is also prone to the threats of climate change and rising sea level, both of which will be addressed by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s “Unsinkable Eastern Shore” event, featuring speakers and discussion panels. Get all the details for this event and much more in this edition of Chesapeake 360.

As always, we’ll be looking for you while we’re out and about, by land or by sea, enjoying the unique environment that we call home.

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