September 17, 2010
Chesapeake Region 'RAVE' Photographs on Exhibit in Historic Senate Office Rotunda
Photographs Document the Pristine and the Polluted
|Pufferfish. Photo � by Karine Aigner|
One of the thousands of photos taken during the Chesapeake Bay R.A.V.E.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)���The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is inviting the public to view a collection of 30 stunning photographs from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed that will be on display in the historic Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., from Monday, Sept. 20, through Friday, Sept. 24. The Russell Building is located at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE.
"The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure in critical condition as a result of pollution," said Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, President of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), whose members took the exhibition photos. "Our goal is to create powerful visual images that will educate Congress and the public about the Bay's plight."
During the month of August, nine internationally known photographers from ILCP traveled from the headwaters of the Susquehanna River in New York to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The project, called a RAVE (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition), documented the pristine and the polluted across the Bay region, as well as issues facing local waterways.
"These photographs capture the beautiful places as well as those in trouble and hopefully will inspire government to do more to protect this national treasure," CBF Federal Affairs Director Doug Siglin said. "I want to thank these incredibly talented photographers who donated their time to create thousands of amazing photographs."
Senators Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Mark Warner, D-Va., arranged to have the exhibit displayed at the Russell Building, which is open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.