CBF and others are suing the EPA. I guess that these environmentalist are not "of the same confined ilk." Many of the so-called "governments" that you list are not actual entities that can be sued (e.g.- no such thing as the government of Severna Park). Many wastewater treatment facilities are privately owned. Many, many others are individually owned septic systems; these systems add a very large percentage of the nitrogen pollution in some areas of the Bay (such systems do nothing to stop nitrogen pollution and their effluent forms the majority of the base flow for streams in some watersheds). Here's another reality check: Exxon Valdeze-size fines are all well and good....so long as you, the taxapayer, are willing to pony up 3, 4 or 5x your current tax contribution to pay off the judgment. Unlike the feds, local governments can't simply print money to solve problems. They need you, the taxpayer, to fund them. The simple math, even after talking about "cutting waste" in government spending, is that the money is not there....not nearly.It is just amazing to me that people still think that the Bay's problems can be addressed by targeting only the farmers, corporations and landowners (septics) when the real polluter is the government itself. How about suing Annapolis, Severna Park, Baltimore and all the cities and towns in the watershed when their pipes break dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Bay. Or, how about an Exxon Valdez size penalty against any local government for antiquated or inefficient sewage treatment plants. How about gettng the US Governement waste cleaned out of the Bay. A few big settlements against say, Baltimore City, forcing higher taxes and bad publicity, will greatly impact the Bay's water quality.
Why is this all ignored? Simple, environmental groups believe that government is the solution to the problem not the cause. Many of them survive on government funding and will not act to address the real cause of the Bay's problems. Clean up the Bay and they put themselves out of business. So, the paper has it right... money and time does not equal improvement to the Bay.
Solution: Encourage the environmental groups to expand their leadership to include qualified people of other political ideologies and attack the root cause of the Bay's problem with a unbiased vengence.
Conclusion: The current environmentalists are all of the same confined ilk, clearly making them impotent in ever improving the Chesapeake Bay.
Sorry, just a reality check for the readers.