The lure of waterfront living still remains irresistible to many, with some enjoying a home of their dreams on the Chesapeake Bay year 'round. Distinctive Homes of the Chesapeake opens the door to Maryland's unique, historic and magnificent homes surrounding the Chesapeake Bay for intimate tours. Explore a colonial-era manor hand-crafted in the 1700s, an unusual houseboat with different waterfront views each day, and modern architectural marvels that blend the best of Bay living with gorgeous settings.
Ask a Marylander where they're headed this summer, and chances are you're bound to hear "downee ocean" (down the ocean). That can only mean one place: Ocean City. "OC" is the major beach destination in the state, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions of dollars to the place where land meets water each year. Now, Maryland Public Television is laying claim to the OCMD experience by creating its newest program about life and fun at the ocean -- Downee Ocean, Hon! -- a vividly shot one-hour trip to the beach, filled with loads of fun, sun and salt water taffy. From the beach to the boardwalk, from the Ferris Wheel to Fager's Island, from sunrise on the beach to nightlife by the bay, Downee Ocean, Hon! captures the OC experience - from the rich history, family traditions, and small-town charm that's kept Ocean City as one of the East Coast's top vacation spots.
Secrets of the Chesapeake travels the Chesapeake region – east and west, north and south, from mountain to marsh – to ask locals for sage advice to discover and uncover the most unusual places to explore and things to do for the weekender. But these aren't ordinary tourist destinations. Instead, they're spots that only a native would point to: remote shorelines where beachcombers can find beautiful and rare sea glass; an island gem-of-a-seafood-shack; quiet crossroads where tragic local history comes alive. Secrets of the Chesapeake takes viewers to places they'll never forget where they'll meet people they've only read about.
Are contaminants polluting our water before it gets to the Chesapeake Bay? The scenic Severn River on the bay's western shore is a typical urban-suburban waterway. Many enjoy the lifestyle -- fishing, boating and swimming. But, because of high fecal bacteria counts, officials advise staying out of the water for two days after rain. On the Eastern Shore, water samples show a range of natural and human-caused contaminants. Most are found only in trace amounts, but little is known about the possible health effects of their accumulation or interaction. Is the water safe for human health?
The dominant model for producing meat, milk and eggs in the U.S. is large-scale confinement operations that often pollute the local environment and can severely degrade the quality of life for their neighbors. But, Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? profiles farmers who have bucked this trend. The film discusses how alternative production methods can improve quality of life for farmers, their neighbors, and the local environment. Some think these alternative farming models are part of a larger vision for a more sustainable food system.
Is the Chesapeake Bay really getting better? Why has more than $15 billion been spent on water quality and restoration efforts in the last 35 years without Marylanders seeing a prolonged reduction in dead zones, a comeback of the native oyster, the Blue Crab or a rebound in fish stocks? Why does the health of North America’s largest and most important estuary continue its long downward spiral? What does the public and what do officials in government need to do to ensure better progress? Some of the world’s foremost experts on the Chesapeake Bay come together to openly discuss these timely and important issues.
In a forum broadcast live and moderated by Frank Sesno in front of a studio audience, Chesapeake Bay experts will discuss how bay restoration efforts could be more effective. Will fundamental changes in public policy and citizens’ lifestyle, as well as through enhanced enforcement of current laws and regulations, help achieve that goal?
The question to be answered: why isn’t that happening now?
Explore the far-reaching effects the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has had on everything from commerce to commuting. It helped fuel the growth of the tourism industry, transforming tiny beachside resorts like Ocean City into crowded summertime destinations. Come along for an exciting look back at the monumental creation of the Bay Bridge, plus a 3-D trip across the bridge!
Not so long ago, Tilghman's Island was a unique Chesapeake waterman's community with few amenities and no fences - where children roamed freely and families bonded together to wrest a living from the bountiful but challenging bay. See what it was like to live in a community that valued hard work, ingenuity, good humor and the natural world. Accompanied by captivating images from today and years gone by, island residents recall their unique heritage and discuss the challenges of sharing it with future generations.
As one of the important centers of the U.S. seafood industry, the Chesapeake Bay has for centuries supported watermen, businesses, and communities all along its shores. But catches of Chesapeake seafood are down, mostly due to poor water quality, and some bayside towns now face an uncertain future. Chesapeake Villages tells the stories of three such villages and their residents: Deal Island, Crisfield, and Hoopers Island.
Deal Island: For the community of Deal Island, life happens on the water. Roy Ford and his son Ryan are continuing the village's watermen tradition, catching oysters and crabs year round. However, with the overall decline of the Bay, the number of watermen on Deal Island is dwindling. Roy is concerned about the future of the industry not only for his son and grandson, but also for the whole community.
Crisfield: Once called "the seafood capital of the world", Crisfield has seen its prominence as a seafood exporter shrink with the decline of the bay fisheries. Mayor Kim Lawson and other residents have witnessed a transformation of the town and its waterfront. Despite hardships, watermen like Sam Marsh continue the tradition of harvesting the Bay. Casey Todd, CEO of Metompkin Bay Oyster Co., has been forced to adapt to changing times to keep Crisfield on the map as a seafood exporter. Times are changing but local pride remains strong and residents are hopeful for the future.
Hoopers Island: Hoopers Island is a place where new ideas and innovation have led to newfound opportunities for watermen. Ricky Fitzhugh and Johnny Shockley, co-owners of Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, see promise for the future through the practice of oyster aquaculture. By raising oysters in their facilities and on the Chesapeake Bay, they have adapted to declines in the traditional oyster fishery. Johnny's father, Dorsey, and son, Jordan, all work alongside each other in this family-oriented business.
Chesapeake Villages was produced by American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in association with Maryland Public Television.
Explore the far-reaching impact of menhaden through the eyes of the men who love this stinky, oily fish for what it contributes to their livelihood, to their heritage, and to the health of Chesapeake Bay. Spend time on the Bay with charter boat captain Billy Pipkin, and meet pound netter Walter Rogers, crabber James Eskridge and conservationist Bill Goldsborough who provide their perspectives on the sustainability of this vulnerable fish and its connection to the future of Chesapeake Bay.
A vivid portrait of the Valleys Planning Council, a citizen-led non-profit organization, and the brilliant work of Ian Harg, a talented landscape architect. McHarg, along with a team of consultants, penned a landmark land preservation plan back in the early 1960s. The Plan for the Valleys was one of the first land planning documents to use ecology as the central theme. Vintage footage highlights the entertaining McHarg, as well as interviews with a variety of characters involved in the organization over five decades. The film skillfully and beautifully documents the success of smart growth: a stunning, rural countryside that supports outstanding agricultural and equine industries that pay enormous dividends to current and future generations in terms of both a healthy economy and healthy environment. The film also serves as a wonderful testament to citizen action and visionary planning.
Produced and directed by S. Torriano Berry, this documentary explores the lives and work of a group of African American Head Boat Captains sailing out of Kent Narrows. For over 50 years, they have been carrying out fishing parties on the Chesapeake Bay. It also tells of their early days as watermen harvesting the once plentiful bounty of crabs, oysters and clams. Now they must rely on the charter fishing trade alone to earn a living. These captains discuss the dangers on the bay, their total commitment to their work, and the uncertain future they fear for the Chesapeake.
Shot from above in amazing High Definition, the program explores incredible natural and man-made history along with our nation’s remarkable collection of monuments and memorials, from the Washington Monument, to The U.S. Capitol, the White House, Jefferson Memorial, the National Cathedral, and more.
Can you volunteer your time? This 90 minute broadcast connects viewers and listeners to environmental volunteering opportunities that enhance and preserve the life of the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay relies heavily on people like you, from all walks of life, to volunteer and make a difference. We’re not asking for money, just your time! Featuring great performances from multiple musical acts and stories of people making an impact to preserve our watershed, the concert raises volunteer hours toward the nonprofits that need your help. Choose your way to save the Bay! »