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The Chesapeake Watershed

The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action


  • Winner of the Excellence in Journalism Award chosen by the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation
  • Winner of the Best Book on Environmental and Natural Resources selected by The American Society for Public Administration
  • Recommended by the National Science Teachers Association


In this book, Ned entertains, informs, and inspires readers with stories of the rich history of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A life-long resident and a keen observer, he has witnessed many changes to the land, waters, wildlife, and the people living in this region. He shares ideas on how each of us can help restore the bay to the national treasure it once was.

If you have never crabbed, fished, or kayaked, this book will inspire you to go out and do it. If you grew up on the Bay, reading these stories will bring back many good memories. The book will inspire anyone who cares about the great outdoors.

 Meet the author in this short video interview:



What people have said about The Chesapeake Watershed

“…takes you on a fascinating journey through nature and time, illustrating the importance of experiencing nature and the urgency of preserving it.” Richard LouvLast Child in the Woods.

“These essays touched my soul.” Bernd Heinrich, author of Mind of the Raven.

“This book gets the reader to think about solving issues and about being good stewards of the environment.” Karen Learmouth, Science Advisor of Howard Public School System.

“I recommend this book to every citizen who is willing to work toward a healthier Chesapeake Bay and a more sustainable future for our children. This book provides valuable insight and background on the biggest environmental problems facing us today.” — Governor Martin O’Malley

“An enlightening book. It speaks to the soul of anyone who cares about the Bay and our environment.” — Maryland Delegate Liz Bobo

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