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Please note: These transcripts are taken from conversations Alice Jane and Bob Lippson had with our staff. Some of the sentence constructions are not those found in formal writing or presentations; instead, they represent the actual words these noted experts said. If you use this page with students, you should make them aware of this.


Shallow Waters

Ever wonder . . . What’s that smell?
The sound of the shallow water is a “lap-lap-lap” when it’s really gentle. And when the wind comes up from the north and the northeast, we get the crashing of the waves against the wetlands, or against a bulkhead, and it has a different sound. You know that sound, “slam, bang” and so on. Salt water is flung up in the air and it coats the plants and leaves salt crystals. And so on. And the smell has the tangy smell of freshness of a salt estuary.

Ever wonder . . . What’s the most productive area of the Chesapeake Bay?
Shallow waters are the most common habitat in the Bay. What do we call shallow waters? Well, we call it, anywhere from a few inches to maybe 8 or 10 feet deep, that’s what we consider shallow waters. It happens to also be the most productive area of Chesapeake Bay. This is where most fish spawn. This is where the young fish feed. This is where the larger fish come in to feed on the younger fish. So, shallow waters are to be loved and treasured and saved. And because shallow waters are so close to land, and where man is pouring in materials from sewage treatment plants, and fertilizers from our houses, and materials from our cars, and so on, that’s the first area, like the wetlands, to have some damage. So, we have to be very careful about our shallow waters because, again, they’re the most productive areas in Chesapeake Bay.

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