But now the Bay will benefit from $11.5 million worth of projects in coming months. Most of that will come from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Stewarship Fund. And the Bay definitely needs stewards to oversee progress in reducing the ongoing pollution that threatens this humongous estuary.
I wish that more of these funds went into the actual infrastructure--living shorelines, retention ponds, storm water treatment, fences to keep livestock out of creeks, etc.-- and not into salaries and administration. But grants are what keep a lot of folks employed.
Will the Chesapeake Bay will ever return to a state near what John Smith saw? Most likely not, but that does not mean we should not try.