Daniel Casey is a senior Government and Sociology major and is generally a wannabe geographer. Broadly interested in social-environmental connections, he is currently engaged in a couple of research projects using GIS and other geographic tools. One such study investigates the effect of residential segregation on the exposure of different racial groups to green space and urban areas. Another project looks at how multi-scalar processes like urbanization, trade flows and the like combine to provoke land cover change in the Mexican Yucatan. Beyond research, he works for the Charles Center as a Peer Scholarship Advisor and is the coach of an under-10 Boys basketball team. After graduation, Daniel hopes to continue his adventures in geography and maybe one day develop a (literal) sense of direction.
Volkswagens and Cadillacs: Agricultural Best Management Practices and the Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
Every year, a motley crew of federal agencies, state agencies, regional non-profits, farmers and other stakeholders spend thousands of dollars to support the implementation of “best management practices” within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Most of these efforts go to controlling agricultural runoff, which is a major contributor of the nutrients and sediments that impair the health of the Bay. This article examines the efficacy of one of these practices—riparian buffers. Although buffers are lauded by government and non-profit organizations alike as a highly effective way to control runoff, there is a small, but growing, body of evidence that these buffers may not work as well as everyone appears to think. This article examines the genesis of this idea and its possible ramifications for the ongoing efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Read Daniel's entire article here.