How does the growing number of people living in the Bay region put pressure on its natural resources?

Our daily lives can dramatically impact the environment when we consume natural resources, alter the landscape to fit our needs and pollute our land, air and water. As the population in the Chesapeake Bay region continues to grow, so does our combined impact on the the Bay, its rivers and streams and the surrounding lands. Geographer Peter Claggett with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) discusses how he uses satellite imagery to study the effects of population growth on the local landscape and what we can do to lessen the impact of a growing population on the region’s natural resources.

  • Produced by Will Parson
  • Additional footage by Steve Droter
  • Music/Audio: “A Moment of Jazz” by Ancelin

Comments (4)

February 23, 2022


Lydia Phelps
May 22, 2020

I love learning about the watershed but too much and then I will burst out with a lot of knowledge.

January 08, 2019

I think the growth production is a bad thing.

Nick Carter
February 13, 2015

Peter:  It’s a good production for anti-sprawl/“smart” growth, but it ducks the long-term, numbers/absolute growth issue. If, because of politics, it has to take the present form, it could be strengthened by visually showing more of the habitat loss/forest loss/water quality implication impacts, with oral comment about how much money we’re spending to mitigate against those impacts. Further, more emphasis on how human population growth is the “cross-cutting” issue, i.e. the driver, affecting all other aspects would be useful and welcome.



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