The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary lying inland from the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the states of Maryland and Virginia. Encompassing over 4,479 square miles, it is the largest such body of water in the United States. More than 150 rivers and streams flow into this estuary.
The Bay has become environmentally challenged by the agricultural economies surrounding it. Over the past several decades, run offs from chemicals used in farming have dramatically reduced oyster and crab populations and lost a generation of “watermen” whose livelihoods have depended on this food source for centuries.
Click the underlined link above for a five-minute video of a tour of the Chesapeake Bay from the air.