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Attitude & Perceptions Related to the Environment

Updated: 5 days ago

(To be updated and amended soon, regarding the role of media in shaping our viewpoints as well as what personality profile and demographic truly care? is it merely overblown Hulaballo? fact versus fiction)

It is evident no one thought Flint, Michigan residents would end up needing $100 million grant from the EPA for the Michigan DEQ to fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades after tens of thousands of Flint residents were exposed to dangerous levels of lead, outbreaks of Legionnaire disease that killed at least twelve people and sickened dozens more from 2014-2016.

A recent article in the Eastern Shore News featured a letter sponsored by citizens of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, expressing confidence that there will always be an abundant supply of drinking water. The letter provided readers with a historical account of how the Chesapeake Bay was created by a meteor millions of years ago, shaping the watershed and aquifers that now sustain millions of people.

Meteor shower. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

According to the sponsored insert, humanity faces no imminent threats to its basic needs, including water, as outlined in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. The letter suggests that those who claim otherwise are influenced by fear-mongering media narratives from the past two decades.

Stop sign reading "Stop Global Warming Now!"

The insert, which can be found below, offers a candid perspective on how a segment of the Delmarva Peninsula's population views these issues. It reflects a proud reliance on common sense, powers of observation, and a skepticism towards sensationalized news headlines.

Science History Images, Gwen Shockey, Illustration of the Earth's Water Cycle During a recent meeting of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Groundwater Committee, concerns about saltwater intrusion and over-pumping of the lower aquifer came to the forefront, prompting discussions on the sustainability of current water usage practices.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula have a certain way of life, where peace is the ultimate goal. Below are a few pictures that offer a glimpse into some of the values of this area, including respecting nature, time spent with family, friends, and loved ones; enjoying life each day as it comes. Balance is a blessing that takes effort to maintain-especially in today's plugged-in world. Most people who are truly "from" The Shore do not cave easily to popular trends, it is understood that to have character means, in part, reading between the lines of any given situation.

Red and White striped lighthouse beacon situated on Assategue Island Maryland

Portrait of the beloved Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog in the forest

A Beautiful Spring Day View across the harbor at St. Michael's Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Maryland.

Eastern Shore Sunset, through the looking glass of the tidal plains and marshes

The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.

Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will

We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.

There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.

Readers appreciate the typography used in inserts. The use of bold lettering and font changes serves as a visual form of psychological reassurance. This insert was found in the February 2024 edition of the Eastern Shore News.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; justice cannot sleep forever.

I commend the article for its courage and optimistic outlook regarding the future availability of water. However, it is prudent to consider the quality of the water before making such optimistic assertions, which often reflect mankind's tendency towards arrogance.

Here are a few recent headlines that paint a less-than-rosy picture of the drinking water situation in Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula:

Report: Eastern Shore has unhealthy levels of nitrate in ...
WTOP › Local News › Maryland News

Oct 21, 2020 — Two counties on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore have unhealthy levels of nitrate in drinking water, which may lead to health problems.

Forever chemicals are a perpetual threat to Virginia drinking ...
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Mar 22, 2023 — New rounds of water testing have discovered elevated levels of these chemicals — which have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and numerous ...

A Legislative Win for Marylanders Who Drink Private Well ...

Center for Progressive Reform › cpr-blog › a-legislative-...

Apr 11, 2023 — Our 2020 report posits a source for the increased cancer risk associated withprivate well water: nitrate, which is an undetectable contaminant ...

News & Alerts Regarding Water Safety

East Coast Water Quality

Polluted waterway with murky water, representing the broader issue of water contamination including toxic PFAS. PFAS In Drinking Water Is Worse Than Reported.

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Study says drinking water from nearly half of US faucets ...
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Jul 5, 2023 — A government study says nearly half of the tap water in the US contains potentially harmful compounds known as “forever chemicals.”

It is prudent to never assume that our way of life is guaranteed to be safe, including our drinking water. We are only human, after all.

1 Comment

Apr 07

During Filming, Ranger Bill spoke of the irony of having one of the largest Naval Shipyards "across the bay" while people didn't have access to potable water during the Pandemic just a few miles away on the other side of the bay, according to a few sources. He mentioned the need for a desalination plant, to utilize the geography of being near an ocean, bay, and many tributaries leading to rivers.

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