Registration is now open for the 2014 Annual Summit! This years focus is on “why is our water dirty?” and how property owners can reduce their impact on local streams. We have a great slate of speakers lined up, and hope you can join us. Check out the agenda and then register here: https://www.elleevance.com/beventLive.aspx?EventID=NBI56367330
Join us for the 2013 Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Annual Summit.
Check out the agenda: 2013 VCWQ Summit Agenda
Register online here: https://www.elleevance.com/beventLive.aspx?EventID=NBI15646650
Questions? Contact Anna Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-775-0951.
Governor McDonnell has asked state agencies to propose 2%, 4%, and 6% budget cut scenarios of their general-fund appropriations for FY 2012-2014. All three of VA Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) budget cut scenarios completely cut citizen monitoring grant funding, which provides about $176000 in general fund savings.
If you would like an opportunity to weigh in on these proposals to cut important funding for our citizen monitoring groups, there are a few hearings in January. Check out the 2012 Public Hearings Press Release for more information.
We will also post more information on this website about contacting key legislators.
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and other organizations throughout Virginia are hosting a series of public events on uranium mining. Check them out if you would like to learn more:
Oct 26: Community Meeting in Middleburg (Loudoun) Join PEC, the Goose Creek Association, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for a meeting about VA’s moratorium on uranium mining. Attendance is free and open to the public.
Nov 3: Uranium– What Should Virginia Do? (Richmond) Come to this Public Education Forum, hosted by The Garden Club of Virginia, to learn more about the potentional for uranium mining in our state and the associated health and environmental risks. The forum will feature multiple speakers and panelists as well as open discussion. This is an all day event and is $40 per person for the general public (includes lunch).
Nov 10: Uranium Mines Here? (Fauquier) Bring your lunch and join the Warrenton Garden Club and PEC for a discussion about whether Fauquier County should be concerned if Virginia ends the 30-year-old moratorium on uranium mining. The event is free of charge, open to the public, and the Warrenton Garden Club will be providing drinks and desserts.
Nov 11: Uranium Mining in VA– Should we end the moratorium? (Loudoun) Join Sustainable Loudoun and PEC for an informative forum concerning the moratorium currently in place in Virginia. A panel of experts will be speaking about what is at stake; particularly concerning our health and the health of our environment.
Nov 16: Keep the Ban! (Charlottesville) Mary Rafferty, Grassroots Organizing Manager of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, will be the featured speaker at this talk about the risks associated with uranium mining and milling. The event will take place at 7pm at St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Go to http://www.pecva.org/anx/index.cfm/1,391,0,44,html/Uranium for more information.
Thanks to all those that participated in the 2011 Annual Summit! The focus was on “Sustainability in Uncertain Times” and we heard from some great speakers on nutrient analysis opportunities, sustainable income streams, watershed report cards, TMDL implementation in the York watershed, and water quality analysis of stormwater ponds.
Breakout sessions were provided in the afternoon where participants could…
…learn how to upload data to the VA Department of Environmental Quality database…
…participate in an open discussion of the VA Save Our Streams program…
…or go on a tour of the Low Impact Development Conservation Practices installed at Randolph Macon College.
Thanks again to all speakers and participants for making this year’s summit a great success. Click here to access the meeting agenda and presentations.
Hope to see you next year!