Thursday, October 29, 2009

Poisoned Waters

On October 30 at 5:00 PM at the historic Prince Theatre in downtown Chestertown, Hedrick Smith will explore how the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are indicators of a larger national problem. Mr. Smith is a Frontline producer and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly with the New York Times. What's shocking about his latest feature on the water crisis is how well-known the problems are. Scientists for years have been scooping up samples with chemicals, mostly from everyday household products. They've been pulling PCB-riddled salmon out of the water for decades. There are documented cases weirdly mutated frogs with six legs, intersexed fish (males carrying eggs), and drinking water loaded with contaminants— two-thirds of which are so new they elude modern filtration methods. By focusing on the home of the blue crab and the playground of the orca, which aren't overwhelmingly similar, Smith highlights a pervasive decline in the nations waterways and he takes us beneath the surface to see the terrible trouble caused by sprawl-related pollution and unregulated toxic industrial, agricultural and municipal runoff.
Both events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society, the Chesapeake Semester at Washington College, and Sultana Projects. For more information, visit or or call 410-778-7295.