Photographer Greg Kahn captures scenes from Crisfield, Md., and nearby areas. The communities on the Chesapeake Bay, which were walloped by Hurricane Sandy, are reexamining their relationship to the water. The bay is a foot deeper than it was at the start of the 20th century, meaning comparable storms surge a foot higher. And the rise is accelerating as the land beneath them sinks.
Floyd Chance Jr. discards worthless oysters into the Chesapeake Bay in March on the last day of oyster season. Maryland’s once-plentiful resource has been declining, along with populations of crab and fish, but the sea level has been rising. The long-term survival of some Eastern Shore communities is in question as young people move out, abandoning jobs in the seafood industry and homes at risk of flooding. Greg Kahn/Grain Buy Photo