If anyone sincerely believes the bay is going to be cleaned up, they obviously still believe in the Tooth Fairy. CBF doesn't clean up anything--they never have and never will. They exist solely to perpetuate their own organization.
Taxpayer funded studies of Chesapeake Bay began in 1890, and from research I did two decades ago about these studies indicated there had been more than 2,000 studies conducted up until then. Back then taxpayers had already delved out more than $4-billion, a figure that I'm confident has more than tripled by now.
From my perspective, Chesapeake Bay, and for that matter, any major body of water in the nation, will never be cleaner than it is right now. We keep making babies, those babies convert food into feces and liquid into urine, all of which is semi-processed and dumped into our rivers, bays and oceans. Now, those babies make more babies, who make more, babies and the beat goes on.
There is great book that I would suggest that everyone read--Green Hell by Steve Millroy. The book puts things in perspective and tells it like it is--no holds barred. Millroy also takes an in-depth look at those green jobs and clearly shows who is going to pay for them, and that once created, those agencies grow exponentially.
Now, one of the posters in this thread talked about paying more fuel tax in hopes of having bridges and roads restored. In Maryland, the state legislature and governor continue to raid the Transportation Trust Fund to facilitate their bloated, bureaucratic budget. The last time I checked, Maryland had the third highest fuel taxes in he nation, and with the governor's current proposal Maryland will soon be #1.
The rant may be over, but the saga of the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Program will continue until we either run out of taxpayer money, or regulated to the point where we can no longer afford to sail at all.