Ecological Studies in the Middle Reach of Chesapeake Bay

Calvert Cliffs

  • Kenneth L. HeckJr.

Part of the Lecture Notes on Coastal and Estuarine Studies book series (COASTAL, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N2-VI
  2. General Characteristics of the Chesapeake Bay and Study Area

    1. Kevin G. Sellner, Betty Ann Peters
      Pages 1-10
  3. Ecosystem Structure and Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Marcia M. Olson
      Pages 38-81
    3. George R. Abbe
      Pages 82-96
    4. Kenneth L. Heck Jr.
      Pages 97-110
    5. George R. Abbe
      Pages 111-166
    6. Richard J. Horwitz
      Pages 167-224
  4. Assessment of Power Plant Impact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Kevin G. Sellner, Michael E. Kachur, Marcia M. Olson
      Pages 226-253
    3. Richard J. Horwitz
      Pages 254-269
  5. Summary and Conclusions

    1. Kenneth L. Heck Jr.
      Pages 276-284
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-287

About this book


The decision to build a nuclear power plant at Calvert Cliffs on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland resulted in a Iandmark legal decision (Calvert Cliffs Coordinating Committee vs Atomic Energy Commission) and began one ofthe mostintensive long-term studies ever carried out in an American estuarine system. In the pages that follow we describe the major results and findings from studies conducted over more than a decade by scientists from The Academy of Natural Seiences of Philadelphia (ANSP). These studies were designed to assess the potential effects that operation ofthe Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) might have on the mid-portion of Chesapeake Bay. The approach taken was to study major biotic components of the system over an area and a time period sufficient to allow comparison of conditions between preoperational and operational periods within a sampling locality, and comparisons of conditions at reference sites with those at impact sites afterplant operations began. Elementschosen for detailed study included: species composition and production rates of major primary producers; water chemistry; zooplankton, benthos and finfish abundance and species composition; the abundance and growth rates of commercially important shellfish (clams, oysters and blue crabs); and the colonization sequences of invertebrates on artificial substrates.


biology ecosystem fauna phytoplankton plankton

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth L. HeckJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Dauphin Island Sea LaboratoryDauphin IslandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-96668-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-6355-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0724-5890
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