MPT Presents Chesapeake Bay Week

April 21-27, 2019

Take an eye-opening journey around Maryland's precious treasure

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal If you’re a Chesapeake Bay pilot – one of the experts who steer huge tankers up and down the Chesapeake Bay – you know all about “the shortcut to Baltimore.” That’s the nautical back-way between the Port of Baltimore and ports north like Philadelphia, New York, Boston and points north and east. It’s a 14-mile stretch of water that joins Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. MPT’s newest Chesapeake Bay Week special, The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal: Gateway to the World, tells the story of the canal, its history, and the people who keep this critical waterway open and working.

Bay Week also brings us aboard Chesapeake watermens workboats in Maryland Crabs: Taste & Tradition. Marylanders have fished for crabs for centuries. But these days, catching, cooking and selling Blue Crab is a massive economic engine for the state. And it’s facing some challenges.

Anacostia Revealed is a film about the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. that’s getting some of the serious cleanup attention that it’s desperately needed for generations. Chesapeake Bay Week also features original films about Smith Island in An Island Out of Time – and, Ellicott City and its flooding problem in the film Saving Ellicott City.

These programs and others are an important reminder about how important – and yet how fragile - Chesapeake Bay is.

The Chesapeake Bay is a vital natural resource that’s part of the rich cultural fabric of Maryland. It supports our livelihoods, yields delightfully bright flavors, offers recreation and relaxation, provides critical access to transportation and trade, and holds cherished memories for countless maritime enthusiasts.

As an important part of our state’s history and identity, MPT celebrates the bay and highlights its most critical issues during our annual Chesapeake Bay Week. Held every April, this special week features programs that spotlight the heritage and splendors of the bay – as well as efforts to protect its fragile health for generations to come.