How much is a clean bay worth?

"Our political leaders need to know how close and within our grasp a restored Chesapeake watershed truly is." So writes David Bancroft, president of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, in the February issue of the Bay Journal. Bancroft makes the point that, unlike so many other societal challenges facing our political leaders, this challenge has "well-known and well-documented" technical solutions, as well as a known cost - about $2.4 billion per year. According to Bancroft, that equals an average contribution of $166 per person in the Bay watershed.

So, how much is the Bay worth to you? Would you willingly pay $166 per each member of your household for a clean Bay?

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