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Batiuk, the boy, knew Bay was his destiny; as a man he helped change its fate

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When he was a teenager packing for a family vacation in the Maine woods, Rich Batiuk brought along some light reading.

Among the stack were William Warner’s epic blue crab story, Beautiful Swimmers; Rachel Carson’s wake-up call about pesticides, Silent Spring; and James Michener’s classic, Chesapeake — nearly 2,000 pages of reading in all, mostly describing a waterbody hundreds of miles from his home in Massachusetts. Nonetheless, during rainy days, he would perch in the cabin’s loft, flipping pages.

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About People + Society

From individual actions, to our collective impact as a society, we can influence the environment in positive or negative ways. Many individuals lead through example, by altering their everyday habits to reduce their impact or by volunteering to clean up and restore local streams and ecosystems.

But the cumulative impacts of the 17 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed poses an ongoing threat to the Bay and its tributaries.

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