What a Restored Bay Means in Virginia
CBF's new report, The Economic Benefits of Cleaning Up the Chesapeake, finds that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint will increase natural benefits of the Bay and its rivers and streams to Virginia by $8.3 billion a year, or 20 percent!
That's how much Virginians have to gain if the Bay is restored, and it underscores the significance of Governor Terry McAuliffe's "all in" approach to implementing the Blueprint and the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement. A clean Bay just makes sense for Virginia’s environment, public health, and economy.
To ensure that Virginia is on pace to achieve its commitments under the Blueprint, CBF is calling on the governor and the General Assembly to provide adequate support in fiscal year 2016 for local governments and farmers installing practices that reduce polluted runoff. As we heard during recent Bay outings with local officials, Hampton Roads localities need this funding to help them meet their Blueprint commitments. While CBF recognizes current budget uncertainties, investing in a restored Bay, as our report clearly shows, is an investment in a more prosperous Virginia.
On another note, construction is nearly complete on the Brock Environmental Center, the state-of-the-art environmental center CBF is creating at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach. When finished in late fall, the Brock Center will provide regional headquarters for CBF and Lynnhaven River NOW, training and meeting space for community and conservation organizations, and environmental education for students and teachers from across the region.
The Brock Center also will be among the most environmentally smart, energy- and water-efficient buildings in the world. With its solar panels, windmills, waterless composting toilets, and super-energy efficient design, the center will be a national model for how to live and work near sensitive ecosystems like the Chesapeake Bay.
And we want you to come see it! You are invited to our Community Grand Opening on Sunday, November 16. Come by the Brock Environmental Center from 1-4 p.m. for a tour, music, and activities for all ages. The address is 3663 Marlin Bay Drive in Virginia Beach. Be sure to let us know you're coming!
Are you interested in becoming a Brock Environmental Center tour guide? CBF is now recruiting volunteers and has scheduled training workshops October 25-29. Click here to find out more. Ideal applicants will be outgoing and available for leading tours during weekdays (we will also have some evening and weekend tours). Contact Tanner Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757/622-1964 for more information.
Hampton Roads Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Click here to see photos of our new Brock Environmental Center!