Losses On The Lower Shore


December 01, 1991|By ELIZABETH LARGE

Sun environmental reporter Liz Bowie spends much of her time writing on the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and what's happening to the species that live in it. But in this week's cover story for the magazine, she examines how the bay's decline is affecting a "species" outside it -- the watermen and their families who live on a small island off the lower Eastern Shore. "Sometimes we forget," she says, "that the decline of the bay is affecting a whole group of people."

She's not just talking about Deal Islanders. "I got interested in the story," says Liz, "because I've watched the Eastern Shore change dramatically in the last 10 years. I saw there was a real change in these fishing villages; it's a slow but steady trend in Maryland that we're losing what I consider a really valuable cultural heritage. At some point, I felt I ought to note that fact -- even if we might not be able to do anything about it."

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