Managing for the Ecosystem

It’s conceivable many of you have never even heard of a small, bony, inedible member of the herring family called Atlantic menhaden. Yet they are one of the most important fish in the sea. Moving through the water in schools numbering sometimes in the millions, these silvery sea-strainers are a “filter feeder” that consumes huge […]

Levees Made of Lies

Rage, Grief, and the Chimera of the American Dream An entire American city has become an uninhabitable mire of fetid water, sodden ruins, and toxic sludge. Moreover, the destruction will not end there: the financial, political, and psychological spill-off, incurred by the deluge, will cause our nation to sink further into a morass of debt, […]

The Choice Between Two Americas

There have always been two Americas – the progressive America of Abraham Lincoln’s Union and the reactionary America of Jefferson Davis’s Confederacy. Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy symbolize the progressive tradition, whereas Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush are the icons of the reactionary tradition. The constituency of progressive America consists […]

How the striped bass survived and thrived: A true fish story

A conservationist writes, in vivid prose, of the struggle to protect the rockfish and a new threat it faces. The striped bass – dubbed by author Dick Russell the “most confounding of fish” – is a success story like no other. According to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which regulates the fish and, in […]