The former site of Steve Vermillion's old boat house is sandwiched between two highly-contaminated patches of land.
It's said time can heal all wounds. But environmentalists say we're going to need a lot of time to repair some of the damage we've done to the environment. Centuries of industrial development and farming have left now-banned pesticides and waste products beneath our feet. They leach into soil and show up in the tissues of fish and the muddy bottoms of waterways. Sabri Ben-Achour explores the present and future impact of past pollution in our region.
[Music: "Time in a Bottle" by Various Artists from Peace, Love & Guitar]
The Chesapeake Bay once supplied most of the nation's oysters, but overharvesting and disease nearly wiped them out. Now, major public-private efforts to re-establish the oyster as a quality local food product appear to be working. And chefs say the results are sweeter than oysters from other waters.
It's the season of peace and goodwill, but President Obama may have tested the limits of both with comments at his end-of-year news conference. He suggested Republicans would be "crazy" to wage a new debt ceiling fight and seemed to question even his allies' motives on Iran sanctions.
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