The next EBAG meeting will be very similar to the Phase III WIP rountable in Bladensburg, but will be on the eastern shore with a panel of eastern shore government officials for the convenience of all you eastern shore members.
For more information, contact Ben Alexandro.
Registration is now open for the General Assembly Preview, December 2nd
In preparation for Virginia’s 2018 General Assembly session, Virginia Conservation Network and its Network partners are convening for a day-long preview of what’s in store for our natural landscapes and resources. Volunteers, board members, and staff of partner organizations — as well as those interested in getting more involved in Virginia’s conservation community — are invited to learn about priority environmental topics and discuss our collective approach to advancing policy in the upcoming legislative session.
Traditionally, this annual event has taken place only in Richmond, VA. In order to better accommodate the vast majority of Virginians who live outside of the region, we are hosting four watch parties across the Commonwealth, in addition to hosting the regular in-person event. The watch party locations include Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, and Warrenton.
Coffee and light breakfast will be served at all locations. All attendees will also receive a copy of the 2017 Environmental Briefing Book, which displays the breadth of conservation issues our community is prioritizing in the coming year. Additionally, attendees at all locations will have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of each panel.
Questions? Contact Sheri Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 644-0283.
8:30 – 8:50 a.m. Sign-in / light breakfast and coffee
8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Healthy Rivers panel
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Green Communities panel
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Clean Energy panel
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Regulatory rollbacks
12:00 – 12:05 p.m. Next steps / get involved
12:05 – 12:30 p.m. Regional conversations
Additional information about regional watch parties:
Fredericksburg Watch Party
Hosted by Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR)
FOR’s office: 3219 Fall Hill Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Roanoke Watch Party
Hosted by Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP)
SERCAP’s office: 347 Campbell Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Virginia Beach Watch Party
Hosted by Lynnhaven River NOW and Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Exact location to be determined
Warrenton Watch Party
Hosted by Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)
PEC's headquarters: 45 Horner Street, Warrenton, VA 20186
The conference will include a plenary session, six concurrent breakout sessions, posters and exhibitor tables, plenty of snacks and of course, the famous Maritime Institute all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. You'll also have plenty of time to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues during the long breaks and at the post-meeting social.
Following the theme of this year's conference – Managing Water Quality in a Changing World – concurrent sessions will focus on these challenges and our need to adapt to them. Topics include:
- Agriculture and water quality
- Citizens science
- Climate change and adaptation
- Communicating progress and successes
- Leveraging data sources
- New monitoring technologies
- Stream restoration biomonitoring
Skeo Solutions will facilitate a one-day training for a limited number of Choose Clean Water Coalition members on December 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. During this training, we will review concepts of DEI, understand concepts of culture and cultural humility, build a shared understanding of the relevance of DEI strategies to improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and identify opportunities and constraints for DEI within our work. If you are inserted in participating, please fill out this short application. The first 35 applicants will be accepted to attend.
Hosted at the Anacostia Watershed Society with Chesapeake Legal Alliance,
The meeting will start with Kathy Stecker of MDE giving an overview on Phase III WIPs, next we will have a panel discussion with local government officials who worked on the Phase II WIPs. State partners provided significant tools and resources as part of Maryland’s Phase II WIP that were intended to prepare and support local jurisdictions with WIP implementation. What were the outcomes? Which experiences provided the most (and the least) value? This panel will engage with local officials as we learn together how Phase II was experienced on the ground. We will then see how this experience might compare to the phase III process. Finally after lunch we'll have a discussion on how we as a coaliton want to influence the phase III WIP process.
For more information, contact Ben Alexandro.
You are invited to the 11th Annual Trash Summit on November 16th at Nationals Park in Washington DC! This year's theme, Transforming Communities for Clean Land, Safe Water and Healthy Lives, will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore local to regional solutions. Early bird registration is open through October 20th! Join us and be part of the conversation.
After a historic fracking ban victory, Maryland is once again being threatened by fracked gas. TransCanada is proposing a fracked-gas pipeline that would cross through Hancock and run underneath America’s River: the Potomac. This proposed pipeline would threaten the drinking water of over a 100,000 residents in the surrounding region and lock us into dirty fossil fuel production for decades to come.
And we’re not going to let this happen.
At the meeting we will talk about ways that we can raise our voices in our local communities by reaching out to our neighbors, talking to local elected officials and making sure that Governor Hogan hears loud and clear that Marylanders say NO to a fracked-gas pipeline under the Potomac.
RSVP today to join us on November 8, at 6:30 p.m. to learn how you can become part of a pipe-line free future for Maryland!
12th Chesapeake Watershed Forum: Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People
This year’s theme, Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, Healthy People was chosen so that we may explore the connection between the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its effect on those of us living here.
Is your community stream being threatened by development? Pollution a problem? Could your local official do something to help? Want to know what you can do at home to help the health of our streams and creeks? Join Audubon Naturalist Society’s experts for a fun and empowering afternoon at Woodend for an introduction to environmental advocacy & watershed stewardship! All are welcome.
The focus is on clean water but the skills can apply to any environmental issue--learn how you can raise your voice for local conservation.
This is a shorter version of the workshop described in the ANS Spring 2017 Naturalist Quarterly article “Good Changes for the Environment in Our Hands.” We will cover the following topics:
- The importance of protecting water and watersheds, and the biggest threats to them
- A brief introduction to the on-the-ground solutions that are needed at the home and community level, like rain gardens, planting trees, and responsible development practices
- The Clean Water Act and how it works to move states, counties, and towns towards cleaner streams
- How you can get involved: an introduction to advocacy skills
- Identifying problems and solutions
- Developing an action plan
- Talking to decision-makers
- Building coalitions to broaden support for your issue
Join Coalition members Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Sierra Club -Maryland Chapter, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and others for 'Hands Across the Potomac' on Saturday, October 14 at James Rumsey Bridge / Ram Stadium, WV-480, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
Environmental advocates, Maryland legislators and concerned citizens will be hosting Hands Across the Potomac to call on Governor Hogan to reject a fracked gas pipeline being built underneath the Potomac River. West Virginia and Maryland residents will stand hand in hand in solidarity across the James Rumsey Bridge that connects Sharpsburg, Maryland and Shepherdstown, WV to show their opposition to the proposed pipeline. RSVP here.
Join Coalition members Anacostia Watershed Society and Friends of Sligo Creek for the 2nd Annual Festival del Rio Anacostia on Saturday, October 14 from 11AM - 4PM. This FREE bilinguial family friendly event will include boat rides, fishing, rowing demonstrations, nature walks, workshops, and more! For more information, please contact Jorge Montero.
Bringing together conservation leaders from across Virginia, the Environmental Assembly provides a forum for discussion on key environmental issues and an opportunity to strategize with like-minded individuals about the best ways to tackle threats to our natural environment. This annual conference is hosted by Virginia Conservation Network, a partnership of over 100 environmental organizations working together to create a powerful, diverse, highly-coordinated conservation movement in the Commonwealth.
The theme of this year’s Environmental Assembly is Conservation through Collaboration. Presentations and field trips will refer back to this overarching theme, highlighting instances where organizations, communities, businesses, and local/state elected officials worked together to make a positive impact on the environment.
The first day — Friday, September 22 — is open to paying Network Partners’ staff, board, and lead volunteers only and will include strategy planning sessions, as well as our annual Conservation Reception. The reception is open to the public and will feature remarks from Virginia’s local/state elected officials, as well as a silent art auction displaying conservation-inspired work by local artists. The second day — Saturday, September 23 — is open to the public and will include environmental presentations/panel discussions and field trips highlighting local environmental efforts.
Join us to learn, share and discuss watershed science and ongoing efforts to improve the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.
Poster presenters and displays are currently sought for the 2nd Annual Watershed Forum.Please submit your poster abstract for consideration including the title, contact information and a description in 200 words or less. Selected poster presenter conference registration fees will be waived.
Join the Choose Clean Water Coalition for a discussion on forest conservation in Maryland:
What: Forest Conservation Roundtable
Where: Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403
When: September 19th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
RSVP: Email Ben Alexandro, email@example.com
At this meeting we will look at how we can stem the loss of forests throughout Maryland and look at policies in the state to conserve and preserve forests in Maryland, not just restore them. This meeting will be the first meeting of the minds since the Forest Conservation Act Task Force stalled in the Maryland House of Delegates during this year's legislative session. (Thank you all for your hard work around the forest conservation act last session!)
Now that he summer is coming to a close, let's circle back up the wagons and see how we can build momentum towards victory next year. At this meeting we will look at potential avenues and policies as well as start to organize grass roots efforts, grass tops coordination, and ways to find nontraditional partners.
Light refreshments will be served
Agenda and more details to come.
This meeting is intended for advocacy groups, members from nonprofits and community leaders interested in forest conservation policy. This will take the place of one of the 'Choose Clean Water Regional Meetings' we typically hold each year.
The first-ever Naturally Latinos Conference will take place Wednesday, September 13, 2017. It will build upon the success of ANS's past conferences welcomingdiverse communities of nature-lovers in the DC region to deepen coalitions and partnerships as we learn about and care for the natural world. With planning committee partners, including the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Chispa/MD League of Conservation Voters, EcoLatinos LLC, National Weather Service, Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation, and the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, we expect a packed and exciting day. Read more and register now!