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The Battle for the Chesapeake Bay: Communications Confusion Between Stakeholders

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dc.contributor.author Durfee, Nell
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-15T20:22:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-15T20:22:58Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/14736
dc.description.abstract In 2010, President Obama issued a Total Maximum Daily Load requirement for the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. A TMDL sets a limit on how much of a particular substance can be released into a water body. My thesis examined how this new requirement was communicated by the EPA to the states, and how different stakeholders responded to the change. In general, a communications breakdown occurs between local farmers and Washington bureaucrats, who typically do not have the same concerns or ways of thinking about the environment. I found that the greatest successes occurred when the EPA worked with farmers to create change, rather than telling them what to do, and tried to accommodate a more spiritual way of thinking about the Bay rather than simply pushing a set agenda.
dc.description.sponsorship Bryn Mawr College. Department of Biology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Water -- Pollution -- Total maximum daily load -- Government policy -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Water -- Pollution -- Total maximum daily load -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
dc.title The Battle for the Chesapeake Bay: Communications Confusion Between Stakeholders
dc.type Thesis
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