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Virginia to hold listening session on draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2014

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. – The Commonwealth will hold a public listening session and webinar on March 11, 2014, to enable Virginians to learn about the draft Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, and to ask questions and offer comments.

The session will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. The listening session also will be broadcast via webinar. To register for the webinar, go to:

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/117496486.

Virginia and other Chesapeake Bay states, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the District of Columbia, have developed the Bay agreement to replace the last one adopted in 2000.

The agreement sets out broad goals and specific outcomes for water quality, fisheries, habitat, land conservation and other vital concerns that the Chesapeake Bay Program partners will pursue to aid in the restoration of the Bay.

The agreement also is available for public review and comment on the Chesapeake Bay Program website. It can be viewed and comments can be submitted directly on the site at www.chesapeakebay.net/chesapeakebaywatershedagreement/page.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: March 05, 2014 at 10:44 am

Virginia Green announces 2013 award winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 25, 2013

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. -- The Virginia Green program will present 14 Virginia Green Travel Star Awards for outstanding green tourism practices at the first annual Virginia Green Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration.

The conference will be held December 3-4, 2013, at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach. Seven additional Virginia Green partners will be recognized as Virginia Green Travel Leaders.

The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. The program encourages green practices in Virginia’s tourism industry, and it has nearly 1,400 partner organizations that have self-certified their green commitments.

The 2013 Virginia Green Travel Star Award winners are:

Green Events of the Year
• Kingsmill Championship (Williamsburg)
• ASAE Foundation Springtime Golf and Tennis Invitational at Lansdowne Resort

Green Restaurant of the Year
• Maple Avenue Restaurant (Vienna)

Green Hotels of the Year
• Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond
• The Westin Richmond

Supporting Organization of the Year
• Sandbridge Blue Realty Services

Green Supplier of the Year
• RD Fresh (Newport News)

Green Conference Center of the Year
• Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau

Green Projects of the Year
• Virginia Living Museum (Newport News)
• Virginia Commonwealth University 810 Market (Richmond)

Green Winery of the Year
• North Gate Vineyard (Purcellville)

Green Attraction of the Year
• Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center (Virginia Beach)

Green Bed and Breakfast of the Year
• Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast (Cluster Springs)

Green Campground of the Year
• Williamsburg KOA

The program also recognized seven partners as Virginia Green Travel Leaders:

• Adventure Kayak Tours (Chesapeake)
• The Collins House Inn (Marion)
• Inn at Riverbend (Pearisburg)
• Panache Catering Company (Middletown)
• Roanoke Civic Center
• Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Warrenton)
• Sandbridge Realty

Information about Virginia Green is available on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/VirginiaGreen.aspx. Marketing of the Virginia Green partners is handled by the Virginia Tourism Corporation and is available at www.VirginiaGreenTravel.org.

Members of the news media are invited to attend the awards luncheon on December 4 at noon at the Virginia Aquarium. For more information, contact Virginia Green Coordinator Tom Griffin at (804) 986-9119 or VirginiaGreen@Virginia.org.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: November 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

Virginia issues 2012 recycling report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2013

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. – The Department of Environmental Quality has issued its annual report on recycling by Virginia localities, and it shows that the Commonwealth recycled 41.5 percent of its municipal and other solid wastes in 2012.

This is similar to the 2011 recycling rate of 43.5 percent. Information for the report comes from recycling rates submitted by Virginia’s 71 solid waste planning units (either a local government or a regional authority).

This is the third consecutive year in which the statewide recycling rate has exceeded 40 percent. Local governments reported to DEQ that there are several programs under way to encourage recycling by making it easier for residents and by providing more opportunities for recycling. Among the advantages of maintaining a strong recycling rate is that it leads to lower costs to localities for disposing of solid waste. In addition, recycling helps conserve landfill space by reducing the amount of waste disposal.

Each planning unit is required to achieve a minimum 25 percent recycling rate – unless its population density is less than 100 people per square mile, or its unemployment rate is 50 percent or more above the statewide unemployment average. Localities meeting these criteria are required to achieve a minimum 15 percent recycling rate.

The report is available on the DEQ website at www.deq.virginia.gov. It provides an overview of the materials recycled and a listing of the recycling rates reported by solid waste planning units for 2012.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: November 05, 2013 at 8:26 am

Virginia to hold public meetings on Soil and Water Conservation Districts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2013

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. – Virginia is holding a series of public meetings in October and November to evaluate the role of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in providing effective delivery of water quality services and technical assistance.

Seven public meetings will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in locations convenient to the Commonwealth’s six Soil and Water Conservation District areas and one on the Eastern Shore. The locations and dates are:

• Augusta County Government Center, Verona – October 1.
• Henrico County Government Center – October 3.
• Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Chesapeake – October 8.
• Emory and Henry College, Emory – October 24.
• Culpeper County Reva Fire and Rescue, Culpeper – October 28.
• Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, Chatham – October 30.
• Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa – November 7.

Under legislation approved by the 2013 General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, the meetings are being convened by the directors of the Departments of Environmental Quality and Conservation and Recreation; the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services; members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; and members of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. Also participating will be representatives of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, agriculture and environmental groups.

Each meeting will include a public comment opportunity, as well as a roundtable discussion on the role that Soil and Water Conservation Districts play in providing assistance in delivery of water quality services for nonpoint source pollution management, and in providing technical assistance for such programs as erosion and sediment control and stormwater management.

Additional information is available on the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdffiles/swcd.pdf.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: September 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

Virginia to hold public meetings on Soil and Water Conservation Districts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2013

Contact: Bill Hayden
(804) 698-4447
william.hayden@deq.virginia.gov

RICHMOND, VA. – Virginia is holding a series of public meetings in October and November to evaluate the role of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in providing effective delivery of water quality services and technical assistance.

Seven public meetings will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in locations convenient to the Commonwealth’s six Soil and Water Conservation District areas and one on the Eastern Shore. The locations and dates are:

• Augusta County Government Center, Verona – October 1.
• Henrico County Government Center – October 3.
• Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Chesapeake – October 8.
• Emory and Henry College, Emory – October 24.
• Culpeper County Reva Fire and Rescue, Culpeper – October 28.
• Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, Chatham – October 30.
• Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa – November 7.

Under legislation approved by the 2013 General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, the meetings are being convened by the directors of the Departments of Environmental Quality and Conservation and Recreation; the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services; members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; and members of the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. Also participating will be representatives of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, agriculture and environmental groups.

Each meeting will include a public comment opportunity, as well as a roundtable discussion on the role that Soil and Water Conservation Districts play in providing assistance in delivery of water quality services for nonpoint source pollution management, and in providing technical assistance for such programs as erosion and sediment control and stormwater management.

Additional information is available on the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website at www.vdacs.virginia.gov/pdffiles/swcd.pdf.

From: Bill Hayden

Sent: September 23, 2013 at 10:33 am