(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement regarding Gov. McAuliffe's naming of members to the Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission:
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation applauds Gov. McAuliffe for establishing the Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission to advise the Commonwealth on these pressing issues. Extreme weather, rising sea levels, and increased flooding pose serious challenges for Virginians, state and local economies, and the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
"Fortunately, many of the same strategies Virginia and the region are pursuing to restore the Bay also will help mitigate the impacts of extreme weather and flooding – limiting development along shorelines, planting native trees and shrubs along stream banks, restoring and protecting wetlands and other green spaces, and encouraging low-impact development practices that allow urban runoff pollution to slow and soak into the ground, to name a few.
"CBF looks forward to working with the commission, the governor, and the General Assembly as Virginia moves forward to address these important issues."