Richmond, Virginia

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About CBF's Virginia Office

Since opening the Virginia office in the early 1980s, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been leading the efforts to Save the Bay™ in the Old Dominion through environmental advocacy, education, science, policy, litigation, and restoration. Today, CBF boasts offices in Richmond and Norfolk, field staff in Charlottesville and the Eastern Shore, an oyster restoration center in Gloucester, and six outdoor environmental education programs across the state. Our efforts are focused on ensuring Virginia meets its 2025 Bay cleanup goals to reduce pollution from sewage treatment plants, farms, and urban and suburban stormwater runoff.

Virginia capital building, Richmond. Photo by Chuck Epes/CBF StaffPhoto by Chuck Epes/CBF Staff

2017 Virginia Legislative Session Wrap Up

As we head to the halfway mark of our Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint restoration efforts we are beginning to see our rivers, streams and the Bay start to heal. During Virginia's 2017 General Assembly Session, CBF supported policies and funding for key programs to maintain this progress.

Farm Conservation Practices

Farm conservation practices (also referred to as best management practices) like fencing cattle out of streams and planting trees alongside waterways are the most cost-efficient steps Virginia can take to restore the Bay and local rivers and streams. Virginia's agricultural cost-share program provides financial and technical assistance for farmers willing to do their part to reduce runoff.

This year, Virginia's legislators approved a budget that includes an investment of about $17 million in Virginia's agricultural cost-share program for fiscal year 2018, a decrease compared to the fiscal year 2017 level of $61.7 million.

Sustained, consistent investment in farm conservation practices is necessary to keep Virginia on track to restore its waterways. Like other businessmen, farmers need to plan for capital investments. Additionally, the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, which help implement the practices, need a stable budget to reduce staffing turnover and training costs.

Fortunately, the budget established a stakeholder group to recommend methods to stabilize investment in farm conservation practices. A separate group will look into what is needed for continued progress with Resource Management Plans, which help farmers best take advantage of practices that improve both farming operations and water quality. CBF is very pleased to be named part of both groups.

Reducing Polluted Runoff

In Virginia's cities and suburbs, rains wash pollution from roofs, sidewalks, and roadways and into our waterways, creating polluted runoff. Matching grants from Virginia's Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) have helped local governments construct wetlands, restore streams, and install rain gardens to reduce runoff into their streams and meet Clean Water Blueprint goals.

We're disappointed that the state did not invest in the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund for fiscal year 2018. CBF will continue to work with local and state elected officials to ensure support for this vital program in next year's General Assembly session.

Keeping the Bay Act Intact

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (Bay Act) has protected tidal waters in Virginia since 1988. But proposed legislation this year threatened to weaken the Bay Act. CBF strongly opposed this legislation, and the bill was, fortunately, withdrawn. Weakening Bay Act requirements could derail the progress Virginia has made towards clean, healthy waterways.

Other polluted runoff bills that were initially troubling were amended so that CBF could support them. CBF will sit on a stakeholder group to study how small rural localities can more easily manage their responsibilities to reduce polluted runoff.

Reducing Sewer Overflows

This legislative session CBF supported efforts to reduce the 12 million gallons of sewage overflows that enters the Potomac River annually. Alexandria is one of three cities in Virginia that still uses a combined sewer system, which sends untreated sewage directly into the river during rainfall. This leads to excess nutrients and other pollutants, and poses serious health risks to recreational users of the river. 

CBF worked in support of legislation that will bring a sewage outfall in Alexandria into compliance with the Clean Water Act no later than 2025.

Protecting and Restoring the Commonwealth's Fisheries

CBF opposed several bills that would have loosened up penalties and safeguards against poaching of oysters and other fisheries. These proposals ultimately did not prevail. Additionally, CBF supported a menhaden study bill, which would have determined the best way to manage this important forage fish. Unfortunately, this bill did not pass.

Keep Virginia on Track to Meet Clean Water Goals

Virginia is largely on track to meet its clean water goals for 2017 thanks in large measure to the many programs and safeguards established during prior general assemblies. The Commonwealth is making steady progress, but we can't fall behind, not now when a fully restored Bay is within reach. That's why continued investment in programs that restore local waterways is so vital. 

Fones Cliff with insert of bald eagle sitting on nest. Photo by Bill Portlock Fones Cliffs is an idyllic spot on the Rappahannock River. It is also a major habitat for nesting and migrating bald eagles. [inset]  Photo by Bill Portlock

Fones Cliffs Development Threatens Rappahannock River and Bald Eagle Habitat

One of the most important bald eagle habitats on the East Coast is in danger of being turned into a luxury residential community and resort, complete with golf course, lodge, and spa. Fones Cliffs is an idyllic and dramatic spot in Richmond County on Virginia's Northern Neck. The extensive forest and high white cliffs rising above the Rappahannock River provide an ideal hunting perch for the hundreds of eagles that migrate through the area, as well as numerous nesting pairs. It's such a key site that the area has been designated an important bird area by the National Audubon Society. The river itself is a major spawning and nursery area for fish, including striped bass, shad, and sturgeon.

However, a colossal development proposed by Diatomite Corporation would cover a nearly 1,000-acre section of Fones Cliffs, threatening this vital habitat. The plan includes 718 homes and townhouses, 18 guest cottages, an 18-hole golf course and driving range, 116-room lodge with spa, 150-seat restaurant, a small commercial center, a skeet and trap range, equestrian center with stables for 90 horses, a 10,000 square foot community barn, and seven piers along the river.

Why Developing Fones Cliffs Is A Bad Idea

Eagle nests along the Rappahannock River in the Fones Cliffs area. Courtesy of The Center for Conservation BiologyMap shows eagle nests along the Rappahannock River in the Fones Cliffs area. Courtesy of The Center for Conservation Biology

This plan would jeopardize the thriving eagle population and doesn't make sense in the light of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, which requires Virginia to sharply reduce pollution entering its waterways. Large swaths of forest would be cut and substantial areas of pavement would be added, reducing the ability of the land to filter the polluted runoff before it reaches the river. Wetlands and streams would be in danger. The waterfront development would increase cliff erosion, and there could be significant damage from the planned septic systems.

In short, this treasure on the Rappahannock could be lost. If this pristine land is developed, it will remain developed and never again be a place of peace and tranquility.

CBF Continues to Oppose This Development

In November 2015, local officials approved Diatomite Corporation's request to rezone its portion of Fones Cliffs to allow for a large commercial-residential development. But this is far from over. CBF will stay engaged during the upcoming application and development process. We will ensure that the project follows important permits and requirements that protect the environment and challenge actions that don't live up to appropriate standards. As has happened with other developments, such challenges could minimize the development's scope or even make it unworkable.

Economists, land use planners and real estate agents have been highly skeptical of the project. Thousands of Virginians have come out against this development. We'll continue to track this proposal to ensure that an unparalleled place will not be destroyed.

Read a summary of CBF's letter opposing Fones Cliffs' Rezoning.

Screen capture: Wind energy dashboardThis is a screen capture of the Brock Center's new Living Building Challenge Dashboard.

CBF Starts Clock to Meet Living Building Challenge

The Brock Environmental Center's Living Building Challenge Dashboard is a real-time, online gauge of the building's energy and water use and energy generation. The dashboard will monitor the Center for a full year. The aim is to achieve Living Building Challenge certification, a rare, demanding designation of environmental sustainability achieved by only a handful of buildings around the world. To achieve the rating from the International Living Future Institute, the center must operate a full year using net zero energy and net zero water.

Nutrient Trading Graphic.

Nutrient Trading 101

Nutrient trading is a way for farmers, foresters, businesses and other facilities to reduce pollution more than is legally required and to sell such additional reductions as credits to other businesses, facilities, and local municipalities so they can meet their reduction requirements.

Trading offers a tool to reduce costs associated with reducing pollution, to expedite water quality improvements, and stimulate innovation. Trading can help localities and businesses to reduce pollution and meet their requirements more cost-effectively and often more quickly.

Why would we want to allow an entity to buy credits rather than take their own action to reduce pollution?

That's a sentiment we sometimes hear in relation to trading programs. Here's a simplified example in which trading makes economic sense and benefits water quality:

Let's say a river basin has two wastewater treatment plants, A and B.

Treatment plant A is upstream from B.

Pollution limits have been set for each plant to ensure the water downstream from both of them meets water quality standards.

The population served by B has doubled since those limits were put in place. That means the plant will have to treat a much larger pollution load, with the result that it will exceed its pollution limits by 1,000 pounds of nitrogen unless it upgrades its facility. Treatment plant B can and will upgrade its facilities, but that will take time and additional financial resources, which it does not yet have.

Meanwhile, A, the plant upstream, has already upgraded its plant so that it is reducing pollution by 1,500 pounds more than is legally required.

Enter nutrient trading

From that additional 1,500-pound reduction, treatment plant A can now sell 1,000 pounds of nitrogen credits to treatment plant B.  

Treatment plant B can buy credits (at a lower cost than immediately upgrading its facility) and use those credits to offset the additional 1,000 pounds of nitrogen it is discharging, enabling it to meet its legal requirements.

In this way, trading allows treatment plant B to meet its legal limits—through purchased credits—and lets treatment plant A defray its costs. The result is a reduced amount of pollution entering the river and a healthier river basin overall.

This sort of trading example can also extend to trades between different kinds of entities, such as a wastewater treatment plant and a municipal stormwater system  (the pipes, culverts, drainage ditches, etc. that carry rainwater off the land into a body of water) or between point source and nonpoint pollution sources, such as a municipal stormwater system and a farm that has implemented more pollution reduction practices than required.

What's CBF's Take?

CBF supports nutrient trading with certain caveats.

Blueprint First: Trading programs must ensure that the actual nutrient reductions being made exceed the requirements of the Blueprint for the Chesapeake Bay.

Accountability: Trading programs must be stringent enough to ensure that trading sources are properly constructed, operated and maintained. .

Accessibility: Trading programs must ensure that the public is fully informed when credits are created and when a facility is using credits. Those who are potentially affected must have full access to the information.

Verified Technology: Trading programs must ensure that the credit-generation practices have been assigned a science-based "pollution reduction efficiency" approved by the scientists at the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Department of Environmental Quality. (Innovative technology is encouraged, but new practices must be scientifically vetted to earn credits.)

Local Water Quality Protection: Trading programs must prohibit trades that will allow the degradation of local water quality.

Timeliness: Trading programs must ensure that the use of credits makes sense for the time frame it takes to generate them.

A Saved Bay = A Better Economy for Virginia worth $8.3 Billion per year

Report Identifies Natural Benefits of Restored Bay

A first-ever peer-reviewed analysis released by CBF finds that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the regional plan to restore the Bay, is fully implemented.

Image of blue crabs and June 2014 milestone reports. Blue crab photo by Kristi Carroll/CBF StaffBlue crabs photo by Kristi Carroll/CBF Staff

Milestone Analysis: Pollution Reduced, Agriculture and Urban Runoff Reductions Falling Short

Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Milestones, two-year commitments made by the Bay states and District of Columbia to reduce pollution, are a key part of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. An analysis of the 2012-2013 Milestones showed that Virginia met its overall pollution reduction goals for 2013, however, efforts need to accelerate in order to meet 2017 goals. Find Out More    Read the press release

Ken Slazyk teaching aboard the Bea Hayman Clark. Photo by CBF StaffCBF's Virginia educators, including Ken Slayzk pictured here, were recognized for their commitment to high-quality environmental education. Photo by CBF Staff

CBF Wins Environmental Education Award

Congratulations to CBF's Virginia environmental educators!

Eight members of the Virginia team in CBF's Education Department were recently awarded certificates of recognition by the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, Doug Domenech. The educators were praised for their commitment to providing high-quality environmental education combined with their exemplary professional skills and training.

Each educator documented skills in public speaking and writing, knowledge of pedagogy (i.e. learning styles, target audience assessments, and group processes), knowledge of natural sciences and systems, and an awareness of environmental issues related to place. Accepting the awards on behalf of the Virginia educators were Gwen Pearson, CBF Virginia General Manager for Education, and Bill Portlock, Senior Educator. Most of the team was unable to attend the ceremony because they were in the field, appropriately, working with students while conducting their award–winning field studies on the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, which includes much of Virginia.

The educators recognized were Gwen Pearson, Eric Weigandt, Brooke Newton Cash, Yancy Powell, Jimmy Sollner, Allan Thomson, Ken Slayzk, and Bill Portlock. (Also included was Rob Dorbad, who is no longer with CBF.)

Meet our Virginia educators.

CBF educator Eric Weigandt shows students a catfish. Photo by CBF StaffCBF educator Eric Weigandt introduces students to a denizen of the Bay during a field experience. Photo by CBF Staff.

Urbanna Oysters and Education Partnership Thriving

Since the late 1990s, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Virginia education program has been involved with the Urbanna Oyster Festival. A partnership between CBF and the Festival's Marine Science Legacy Program (MSLP) began in Urbanna under a tent during the Festival's Education Day. We had a booth with aquariums and crabs for all the students to see and handle. Thanks to a great partnership and community support, the program has continued to grow.

Since 2007, we have been fortunate to provide environmental educational experiences on Urbanna Creek and the Rappahannock River, most recently aboard our education vessel, Bea Hayman Clark. Through the help of the MSLP we are able to provide field investigations for Middlesex County and Christchurch School students.

Vera England, previous Marine Science Legacy Coordinator, said the program makes students "really excited about learning" and that the hands-on experience makes a big difference in the classroom. "It's not just something in a textbook anymore," she explained, "it is something that they have touched and seen." (From Southside Sentinel Newspaper Website, Urbanna, Va. October 20, 2010)

These field experiences are matched to the Virginia Standards of Learning and meet the criteria for a "meaningful watershed educational experience" (PDF, 0.45 MB, 2pgs) as set by the Chesapeake 2000 agreement and Chesapeake Bay Program. During the field investigations, students learn about the history, culture, and ecology of Urbanna Creek and the Rappahannock River. Students discover their watershed address, how their actions impact water quality and its effect on local watermen communities, and what they can do at home to make a difference. Activities include towing a trawl net, fishing crab pots, and dredging for oysters to learn about ecosystems and biodiversity in the river.

These experiences expose many students to the water for the very first time. The teachers are able to teach about their local river since the experiences are coordinated with their curriculum in the classroom. It is CBF's goal that environmental education will inspire the next generation to "Save the Bay™."

CBF's Virginia Office

Capitol Place
1108 E. Main Street
Suite 1600
Richmond, VA  23219-3539 

Phone: 804-780-1392
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. M-F

Rebecca LePrell
Rebecca LePrell
Virginia Executive Director

Hampton Roads Office

Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Valley Outreach
Robert Jennings
Phone: 484-888-2966
E-mail: rjennings@cbf.org

 

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03.22.17 - Beach restoration project offers authentic outcomes

03.21.17 - The history of oystering in Hampton Roads

03.20.17 - Video Virginia Senators calling for rejection of Chesapeake Bay budget cuts

03.19.17 - Chesapeake Bay's future imperiled

03.19.17 - Chesapeake Bay's booming oysters industry is alarmed by Trump's EPA budget cuts

03.16.17 - Chance to see Mill on the fly April 1

03.16.17 - Trump puts his mark on budget

03.16.17 - Trump budget cuts all federal funding for Chesapeake Bay

03.16.17 - Video Trump administration proposes eliminating funding for EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program

03.16.17 - Trump budget axes funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup

03.16.17 - Trump budget calls for cutting Chesapeake Bay cleanup funds to zero

03.16.17 - Trump budget would cut all federal cleanup funds for Chesapeake Bay

03.11.17 - 90-year-old volunteers to save the Bay

03.10.17 - EPA cuts could take toll on Valley waterways

03.10.17 - EPA cuts promise harm for Hampton Roads

03.09.17 - Bay is in danger

03.03.17 - Chesapeake Bay cleanup budget would be slashed from $73M to $5M under new White House proposal

03.02.17 - Trump would cut Chesapeake Bay cleanup from $73M a year to $5M

03.02.17 - State budget reduces funding for agricultural cost-share program

03.01.17 - VA lawmakers short of cash, pass 'building blocks' for Bay

02.27.17 - Hampton Roads congressmen seek $73 million for Chesapeake Bay cleanup

02.27.17 - CBF Press Statement Virginia Budget Supports Farm Conservation Practices

02.23.17 - Seeds planted for Chesapeake Bay

02.17.17 - Clear waters mission

02.15.17 - Students address ways to solve Tangier's 'crisis'

02.12.17 - Conservation efforts support healthier farms, cleaner water

02.12.17 - Video Stormwater banks pitched to address pollution, flooding, and development on Middle Peninsula

02.11.17 - Annual 'Water Day' has steady flow of ideas

02.08.17 - The Chesapeake begins to come back

02.08.17 - Farm Bureau, Chesapeake Bay Foundation both backing cost share program

02.07.17 - CBF Press Statement CBF Statement on Virginia House and Senate Budgets

02.05.17 - Clean water remains a priority

02.05.17 - 'Bay Barometer': Va. on track to meet 2017 bay cleanup goals

02.01.17 - Bay 'Barometer' shows restoration progress, but forest buffers, wetlands lag

02.01.17 - Audio available Spotting Eagles: Counting Along the Rappahannock

02.01.17 - Programs preserve Chesapeake Bay

02.01.17 - Chesapeake Bay watershed health improving

02.01.17 - 'Bay Barometer' shows Virginia on track to meet 2017 bay cleanup goals, but more work ahead

02.01.17 - Bay grass update #1: seeds and stems

01.31.17 - CBF Press Statement Statement on Virginia General Assembly Resolution Commending CBF on Its 50th Anniversary

01.28.17 - Macon Brock's influence spreads across Virginia

01.28.17 - Tri-Cities have benefited from EPA funds that could be at risk

01.24.17 - Rappahannock eagle count sums up success of preservation effort

01.23.17 - Brock Environmental Center Wins SBIC Top Honors

01.22.17 - Virginia scores daily double in gourmet sweepstakes

01.22.17 - New plant on James River to requires 1st pollution trade of its kind in VA

01.22.17 - Eagle Scout builds outdoor library next to Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach

01.21.17 - Senate panel rejects plastic bag tax

01.18.17 - Creating a "Poster Building" for Leading-Edge Sustainability

01.17.17 - 'Grasses for the Masses' lets anyone with a socket and some spare time contribute to the health of the James River and the Chesapeake Bay

01.14.17 - Could treated sewage be a tool against sea-level rise?

01.13.17 - It's no accident that Bay is improving

01.12.17 - 'Grasses for the Masses' environmental initiative returns

01.11.17 - Caroline County's Bill Portlock the perfect choice for state group's top conservation award

01.10.17 - Funding common theme as Bay states confront 2017 environmental issues

01.09.17 - The Bay is getting healthier, says Chesapeake Bay Foundation report

01.08.17 - Foundation leads effort to seed oysters in Hampton River

01.06.17 - Audio available Hampton River is full of oysters, just don't eat them

01.05.17 - Chesapeake Bay's health is improving, but work remains

01.05.17 - Chesapeake Bay improving, but lots of cleanup still needed

01.05.17 - Delegate moves to roll back penalties for commercial fishing violations

01.05.17 - Chesapeake Bay health scores C- in new report

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01.01.17 - What you can do about flooding

12.30.16 - Building on consensus

12.26.16 - Over 200 Toano MS students explore Chickahominy River

12.24.16 - CBF seeks volunteers to grow underwater grasses to help restore the Bay

12.24.16 - Bay foundation reports more grasses, crabs, and oysters

12.19.16 - Cleanups bag 10,000 pounds of trash along Appomattox River

12.19.16 - Volunteers needed to grow and restore Bay grasses

12.16.16 - CBF Press Statement CBF Statement on Virginia Governor's Budget Proposal

12.15.16 - Volunteers needed to grow and restore Bay grasses

12.14.16 - Eden sprouts from VA church's gardens

12.08.16 - Audio available 2017 deadline approaching for Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals

12.06.16 - Spotsylvania County Public Schools receives science education grant

12.03.16 - A flood of data on tide cycles in Hampton Roads worries meterologists

12.03.16 - Good neighbors plant trees to help Virginia's ecosystem

11.29.16 - Two meetings on menhaden will put a big spotlight on a little fish

11.26.16 - Spratley students help Chesapeake Bay Foundation plant rain garden

11.25.16 - Virginia Beach students fight against the tide in nature lesson

11.21.16 - New VA plant promises cleaner way to make paper

11.19.16 - Foundation leads effort to seed oysters in Hampton River

11.13.16 - Video Chespeake Bay Foundation leads effort to seed oysters in Hampton River

11.12.16 - Portlock receives conservation award

10.31.16 - On the James, environmental advocacy targets Hispanic population

10.28.16 - Fisheries Commission raises menhaden catch limits

10.28.16 - School on water

10.27.16 - Fisheries panel, after failed last try, agrees on increase in menhaden harvest

10.23.16 - CBF building exhibits a resilient future

10.17.16 - Slowing the flow: Fixing flooding with gardens and wetlands

10.13.16 - Students take educational cruise to Port Isobel West

10.10.16 - Bay Foundation program lets participants help restore grass beds with home kits

10.09.16 - Brendan Leary awarded Eagle Scout after leading Chesapeake Bay oyster recovery project

09.29.16 - Can eating oysters save the Chesapeake Bay?

09.26.16 - Borrow a nature book from the new Free Lending Library at Pleasure House Point

09.24.16 - Kingsmill restaurant joins effort to recycle oyster shells

09.21.16 - Chesapeake Bay: Barometer of the Environment

09.21.16 - Researchers: Strong, positive trends for Chesapeake Bay cleanup

09.16.16 - Chesapeake Girl Scout recycles oyster shells in effort to help local waterways

09.15.16 - Video Shark spotted in the Chesapeake Bay

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09.14.16 - Video Shark sighting in Chesapeake Bay

09.14.16 - $11.5M in federal grants aimed at cleaner Chesapeake Bay

09.13.16 - Audio available Hopewell on trak to clean up the James

09.09.16 - Natural gas-fueled plant: Good or bad? In Chesapeake, it all depends

09.09.16 - Audio available Climate change threatens wildlife, people of Chesapeake

09.08.16 - Farmers take boating trip along Chesapeake Bay

09.06.16 - VA middle schools embrace agriscience education, FFA

09.01.16 - City nets $315K in river restoration grant

08.31.16 - We should ramp up Bay restoration, not roll back protections

08.30.16 - Audio available Chesapeake Bay Foundation finds E. Coli pollution up to 100 times state standards at Richmond area recreation spots

08.25.16 - River Stone joins S.O.S.

08.19.16 - Video Recycled oysters improve water quality in Norfolk's Lafayette River

08.18.16 - Plenty to do and see outdoors as August winds down

08.16.16 - Millions of oysters going into Lafayette River

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08.03.16 - Sustainability leaders turn to wellness and technology to get an edge

08.03.16 - CBF Press Statement CBF Statement on Menhaden Harvest Decision Delay

07.30.16 - Paddleboarders, canoers, kayakers turn out for 19th annual race on Chesapeake Bay

07.24.16 - NOAA deploys another smart buoy in the Bay

07.21.16 - Lake pays for the price of runoff

07.20.16 - Chesapeake Bay grasses on the rebound

07.18.16 - Dolphins more common in Potomac than previously thought

07.18.16 - 19th annual Paddle for the Bay event set for July 30

07.17.16 - LTE: Protecting the Bay

07.14.16 - Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association demonstrate educational reef at Camp Kekoka

07.14.16 - Environmental education center in Virginia Beach recognized with major sustainability award

07.14.16 - Incredible net-zero energy Brock Envrionmental Center turns rainwater into drinking water

07.14.16 - Lafayette progress shows hard work's payoff

07.13.16 - Environmental group for moms tackles childhood hunger in Virginia Beach, nationwide

07.12.16 - Don't waste energy pursuing offshore wind power

07.08.16 - After years of work, the Lafayette River in Norfolk finally is looking healthier

06.29.16 - Area governor's school students learn by seeing and doing on annual summer trip

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06.28.16 - Sustainable Buildings Award 2016 final shortlist announced

06.26.16 - John Smith Chesapeake Trail celebrates 10 years

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06.16.16 - Video Hampton students spend year growing oysters for Elizabeth Lake reef

06.14.16 - Seminars help homeowners learn to raise oysters

06.13.16 - Naval Station Norfolk Sailors participate in Clean the Bay Day

06.12.16 - Conservationist gives tour of his river work

06.12.16 - Clean the Bay Day volunteers tackle Suffolk's waterways

06.09.16 - SmithGroupJJR's Brock Environmental Center converts rain into drinkable water

06.08.16 - Local farmers help save the Bay

06.08.16 - Video Virginia farmers pitching in to purify waterways

06.07.16 - Chesapeake Bay awareness at the forefront this week 

06.06.16 - Hopewell volunteers among thousands at 'Clean the Bay Day'

06.06.16 - 2,290 pounds of litter collected on Bay Day

06.06.16 - Tabb woman champions Chesapeake Bay in charity competition

06.04.16 - CBF Press Release Clean the Bay Day Draws Thousands of Volunteers to Pick up Shoreline Litter and Debris

06.01.16 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation to Teach Seminars on Oyster Gardening

05.31.16 - Participate in the 28th Annual Clean the Bay Day in Hampton Roads

05.31.16 - Video Foundation, volunteers set to tackle VA's waters for 'Clean the Bay Day'

05.31.16 - 8 things to do in the D.C. area the week of May 31-June 5

05.31.16 - The Case of the Missing Energy Model

05.25.16 - Ultra-Green Brock Center Certified as a 'Living Building'

05.24.16 - Virginia State Parks to celebrate National Trails Day

05.23.16 - Williamsburg seeking volunteers for 'Clean the Bay Day'

05.17.16 - New Smith Trail guide helps boaters, like Looping couple, plan trips on Rappahannock River

05.16.16 - Officials vow VA will protect watershed if pipeline goes ahead

05.12.16 - CBF's Brock Center declared a 'living building'

05.12.16 - Virginia Beach's Brock Center one of the first buldings in the world to earn elite green honor

05.12.16 - Audio available Moving the Classroom Outdoors

05.12.16 - CBF Press Release Brock Center Meets Living Building Challenge

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