VIRGINIA UPDATE

From the Desk of Ann Jennings Fall 2014
 

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 by 20 percent!

The Economic Benefits of a Restored Bay in VA!

The numbers speak for themsevles! Learn more about the Economic Benefits of a Restored Bay in Virginia.

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. 

"Governor McAuliffe and I understand that a strong economy is built on the foundation of a healthy environment," said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward of our report. "While achieving our water quality goals will take hard and sustained work and significant investment, the Commonwealth will be better off in the long run with a productive Bay and the related quality of life benefits that will support the governor's commitment to a robust new Virginia economy."

And U.S. Senator Mark Warner had this to say: "Not only is the Chesapeake Bay a national treasure, but it is also a major economic driver for the Commonwealth. This report shows that the environmental, economic, and agricultural benefits of reducing pollution will benefit everyone, including the over 17 million people who call the Chesapeake Bay home. I want to thank the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for their work to protect our tremendously important national resources."

To ensure that Virginia is on pace to achieve its commitments under the Blueprint, CBF is calling on Gov. McAuliffe and the General Assembly to provide adequate support in fiscal year 2016 for local governments and farmers to install practices that reduce polluted runoff. 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 for 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, and we look forward to seeing you there!  

—Ann Jennings
Virginia Executive Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Click here to see photos of our new Brock Environmental Center.

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