Discover the Rich History and Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay

Lara Lutz, executive director of Bay Journal Media, will present “Life on the Chesapeake Bay” on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Apostles in Waynesboro. Free admission.

WAYNESBORO— Area residents will learn about “Life on the Chesapeake Bay” during a free program on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Apostles, 336 Barnett Avenue, Waynesboro, Pa.

The program is hosted by The Institute in partnership with the Antietam Watershed Association (AWA), and presented by Lara Lutz, editor of the Bay Journal and executive director of Bay Journal Media. 

The iconic Chesapeake Bay has always been of great significance to life along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. Captain John Smith explored the bay in 1608 and reported at length on the life of the waterway, including its bounty of fish, oysters and other aquatic animals, as well as the topography of the surrounding land.  

Much has changed since the 17th century, but the bay is still home to an array of sea creatures, birds—and humans. The bay is central to the livelihood of generations of watermen living along its shores. 

The bay watershed includes six states and is fed by its main tributaries, the Susquehanna and the Potomac rivers. Lutz will talk about the problem of pollution, what progress has been made in clean-up efforts, and how can we help the bay. 

Tourists have long visited sites along the bay like Smith Island, Annapolis, and Crisfield, and Lutz will highlight places to visit. 

“To me, one of the most amazing things about the bay watershed is how connected everything is,” Lutz said. “From our streams to the open bay, from the way the air moves and the timing of when our plants bloom or when the crabs migrate, and how we live on the land—it really is an interconnected web of existence.”

Originally from Waynesboro, Pa., Lutz has worked as a writer and editor dealing with environmental issues and heritage in the Chesapeake Bay watershed since 1995. She is the author of Virginia Indians at Werowocomoco (National Park Service 2015); Watershed Moments (Chesapeake Bay Trust 2006); and Chesapeake’s Western Shore: Vintage Vacationland (Arcadia Publishing 2009). She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Shippensburg University and a master’s in English from Binghamton University, NY.

For more information, email The Institute at [email protected], or call 717-762-0373.

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