For the last seven years, the federal government, six states (Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), the District of Columbia, hundreds of local governments, and 18 million people have been on a weight loss plan. The objective of that plan, over 15 years, is to reduce the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment killing the “immense protein factory” known as the Chesapeake Bay. Mencken, H.L. Happy Days, 1880–92.
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