The 38th Parallel Passes Through the Mid Shore!

On April 18 the Talbot County Free Library and Chesapeake Bay Foundation team up to bring authors David and Janet Carle to Easton for a discussion of their new book: Traveling the 38th Parallel, a Water Line around the World. The event begins at 6:30 pm at the Easton branch library and concludes around 7:45pm. We hope you can join the discussion! Traveling the 38th Parallel is available for sale at the News Center, loacted at 218 N. Washington Street in Easton. Bess Trout, Eastern Shore Grassroots Field Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, tell us more:

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is pleased to join the Talbot County Free Library in co-sponsoring this program as part of our continuing effort to educate people about Bay restoration that is happening now under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. A multi-state, science-based clean-up plan for the Bay, the Blueprint is becoming a national model for improving the health of waterways throughout the United States.

Travling38thparallel.cover.c4wOn April 18, David and Janet Carle will describe their experience of how communities relate to local waterways based on a journey they took around the globe following the 38th Parallel, the latitudinal line that passes through their home on Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Following this line took them everywhere from the Mississippi River to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. They also visited Turkey, Greece, the Azores…and the Chesapeake Bay.

While traveling the Bay area in the fall of 2009, David and Janet visited the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Education Center on Smith Island. They spent some time on the water with our education staff discussing the challenges the Bay has faced in the past few decades, as well as the improvements that have happened as a result of citizens, businesses, and government working together. And because no trip on the Bay would be complete without it, they helped catch some delicious blue crabs! Visits with staff at other environmental groups like the Friends of the Rappahannock River and the Mattawoman Watershed Society rounded out their trip.
Traveling the 38th Parallel, a Water Line around the World represents years of hard work exploring the way different places around the globe are influenced by the water that surrounds them, and how human activities are affected by the ecology of these areas. From success stories to the negative impacts of a lack of balance between our actions and the need to preserve the environment we rely on, this book explores the unique relationship we have to the water around us.

Those who attend on April 18 will hear an inspiring story about how people around the world experience and respond to the challenge and responsibility of caring for rivers and streams. The audience will also enjoy a great opportunity to engage in community dialogue around a truly remarkable literary accomplishment. Traveling the 38th Parallel explores a diversity of projects that offer several different perspectives on the management of water resources.  Come prepared to learn and also to see what you can do to take care of local waterways right here at home.
Join Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Talbot County Free Library at what promises to be an exciting and illuminating discussion!

Bess Trout

Bess Trout

Bess Trout
Eastern Shore Grassroots Field Specialist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

About MD Humanities Council

LetsBeShore is a project of the Maryland Humanities Council's Practicing Democracy program, bringing together multiple perspectives for passionate and respectful dialogue about land use and agriculture and their effect on water quality along Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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