At the podium, a political science professor was ripping into the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the well-funded granddaddy of bay area environmentalism. The Chesapeake's biggest fight in a generation is starting, he was saying. And the foundation is too timid to win it.
Which made the room a little tense. He was speaking to about 170 employees of the foundation.
"This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it's ticking away every second. You literally have six months to get this right," said Howard R. Ernst, a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy.