We’re excited to announce the launch of Bay Journeys — included in this issue of Bay Journal — our new publication that encourages people to visit and enjoy the historic, natural and cultural treasures of the Chesapeake region.

Over the years, we’ve told readers a lot about what ails the Bay and its watershed, and while there is still a lot of work to do, there is also plenty to celebrate. We hope that Bay Journeys encourages people to enjoy those resources firsthand, and ultimately leads them to take a more hands-on approach to conservation. Bay Journeys will also help us extend our reach: Beyond distribution in the Bay Journal, we are distributing an additional 10,000 copies of in the region.

Although Bay Journeys has been in planning for nearly two years, its launch was made possible with support from the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Conservancy, as well as reader donations. Thanks to everyone for helping to make this possible. And, as always, let us know what you think.

Thanks Neil Kaye!

A special thanks goes out to Neil Kaye, without whom the aerial photo of the Conowingo Dam and reservoir on page 12 would not have been possible. Kaye is a doctor and a helicopter pilot from the Wilmington area who has (literally) provided our photographer, Dave Harp, with new perspectives over the years by taking him aloft to get aerial shots of certain subjects.

“When I told him recently that I wanted some aerial views of the Susquehanna River at Conowingo, he immediately offered some dates when we could get up there when the light was right,” Harp said. “He’s an excellent pilot and an amateur photographer, so he knows about the great qualities of early morning light, and doesn’t mind getting up in darkness to fly down and pick me up.”

Web site update

We are in the process of overhauling the Bay Journal website, in preparation of a complete redesign later this year. As part of the process, the underlying web architecture for the site was recently changed. This is largely invisible to most users, but it may mean that in some cases links to past articles may no longer work. If you have a site that links to a past Bay Journal article, you may need to update the link.

Meanwhile, if you notice any problems with the site, please let us know.


We have received many inquiries about advertising in the Bay Journal over the years. That has led us to a decision to accept limited amounts of advertising in the future.

It is our hope that revenue from advertising, along with donations from readers, will help provide a stable source of funding that allows us to achieve our long-term goals of expanding our coverage in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Advertising will not shrink the amount of editorial content we present. We will increase the number of pages to accommodate the ads.

For information about advertising in future issues, e-mail advertise@bayjournal.com, or call 717-428-2819. Potential clients in Southern Maryland should contact account executive Diane Burr at 410-231-0140 or BaysidePartners@gmail.com


Reader Karen Relay pointed out that the postcard photo in the April issue showing the Statue of Liberty in the 1920s incorrectly identified the island as Liberty Island. In fact, it was named Bedloes Island at that time; it was renamed Liberty Island by Congress in 1956. Also, she pointed out, Ellis Island was further north and not in the photo. We regret the error.