As a longtime fan of SI, I appreciate the environmental articles you occasionally publish. I agree with the conclusion reached in Robert H. Boyle's article, that acid rain is a major cause of the decrease in the striped bass population. However, I must correct the description of pH. As you stated, pH is a logarithmic scale. Therefore, pH 3.6 is 10 times—not 100 times—more acidic than pH 4.6.
Thank you for informing sports fans about environmental problems that eventually affect every one of us.
I find it very disappointing that SPORTS ILLUSTRATED feels it necessary to enter the political and scientific arena on the acid rain issue. Your special report sensationalizes what is already a national controversy. Granted, restoration of the Chesapeake Bay fishery is an important objective that must not go unaddressed, but I find it difficult to believe that "this magazine has uncovered sufficient preliminary data and circumstantial evidence to offer the hypothesis that acid rain is significantly responsible for the decline of striped bass reproductive success." Who made SI a scientific authority on striper fishery and/or the impact of acid rain?
B. KEITH SIPE