Ecological Studies in the Middle Reach of Chesapeake Bay

Ecological Studies in the Middle Reach of Chesapeake Bay

Editor(s): Kenneth L. Heck

Published Online: 16 MAR 2013

Print ISBN: 9783540966685

Online ISBN: 9781118669365

DOI: 10.1029/LN023

About this Book

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies Series, Volume 23.

The decision to build a nuclear power plant at Calvert Cliffs on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland resulted in a landmark legal decision (Calvert Cliffs Coordinating Committee us Atomic Energy Commission) and began one of the most intensive long-term studies ever carried out in an American estuarine system.

In the pages that follow we describe the major results and findings from studies conducted over more than a decade by scientists from The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP). These studies were designed to assess the potential effects that operation of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) might have on the mid-portion of Chesapeake Bay. The approach taken was to study major biotic components of the system over an area and a time period sufficient to allow comparison of conditions between preoperational and operational periods within a sampling locality, and comparisons of conditions at reference sites with those at impact sites after plant operations began.

Table of contents

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  1. Part 1: Ecosystem Structure and Function

  2. Part 2: Assessment of Power Plant Impact

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