Linking public health and the health of the Chesapeake Bay

Thomas A. Burke, Jill S. Litt, Mary A. Fox

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The Chesapeake Bay has a profound impact on the lives of all who reside in the 64,000 square miles of its watershed. From crab cakes to sailboats, drinking water to naval ships, the Bay touches virtually every aspect of life in the region. The Bay has inspired literature, driven the regional economy, and shaped political decision making and development patterns for homes, industry, agriculture, and transportation. As population demands increase and urban boundaries expand into pristine landscapes, the sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay and its resources face unprecedented pressures. Consequently, the publics health also is vulnerable to Bay pollution and other stresses stemming from development activities and widespread growth occurring throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This paper will examine the linkages between the environmental quality of the Bay and the population health status, recommend ways to bridge ecological and human health concerns in the context of the Bay, and finally present a framework for developing a public health report card for the Bay. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2000


  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Environment
  • Indicators
  • Public health
  • Report card

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Environmental Science


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