Legislation moves very quickly in the state legislature. Legislators have introduced almost 4,000 bills this year, on topics ranging from coal ash storage to greenhouse gas emissions to energy efficiency to trees.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is advocating for several bills designed to save trees and encourage the planting of more trees. According to CBF, five of six bills have been killed as of January 26.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed a state plan to reduce carbon emission from power plants, capping emissions at 30 percent by 2030 and allowing Virginia to trade carbon allowances with other states.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is developing a salt management strategy to ultimately try to reduce the use of salt on pavements as a de-icing agent. “. . . many of the nation’s rivers and streams are becoming saltier,” reported the January 9 Washington Post.
Advocates can share their views and suggestions with state legislators before the legislators head to Richmond for the 2018 session of the General Assembly.
The 2018 General Assembly will convene on January 11 and adjourn by the end of February. The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) will have a lobby day on January 22. In preparation for Conservation Lobby Day, Virginia Conservation Network will host a webinar during which experts will brief participants on the major issues anticipated in the 2018 session. The date for the webinar is still being determined.
Join fellow conservationists on December 7, 7 to 9 p.m. and learn about renewable energy opportunities in Alexandria. Congressman Don Beyer will be the opening speaker. Perhaps some of what we learn can be used in other jurisdictions.
Arlington County is updating the 2005 Public Spaces Master Plan, which provides strategies for the future for our public spaces, including parks, natural resources and recreational needs. The county is seeking community input for certain areas of focus.
January 10, 2018
The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold its annual public hearing at the Fairfax County Government Center, conference rooms 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m. You can find EQAC’s annual report here. EQAC presented it to the Board of Supervisors on November 21.
The new General Assembly will convene on January 11 and adjourn by the end of February. VCN will have a lobby day on January 22. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam will be inaugurated governor on January 13. You can find key dates for the state legislature here.
December 11, 2017
Fairfax County Park Authority staffers have prepared a proposal to allow the flying of recreational drones in two more county parks, Lake Fairfax and Popes Head. Currently, this activity is allowed only in Poplar Ford Park. FCPA will hold a public meeting and a public comment period on December 11, 7 p.m.
The Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board recently unanimously approved a draft regulation to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and connect Virginia to a carbon-trading network of nine other states.
January 10 2018, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Fairfax County Chair Sharon Bulova invites everyone to her annual New Year Reception at the Fairfax County Government Center.
Local governments manage local parks, waste, land use, schools, construction and development and more. Local government managers (for counties, they are called county executives) are now preparing the FY 2019 budgets that they will propose to the elected officials to whom they report. Arlington County invites residents to submit ideas and comments here. Check your local government for the schedule and ways to make suggestions.
November 16 2017
DEQ is currently working on the specifics, a draft proposal that will set the limit or cap on emissions, create allowances and establish a method for allocating them to the involved parties. The draft will be reviewed and voted on November 16 by the state Air Pollution Control Board, and then sent to the governor to sign.
November 7 2017
Elections matter. On November 7, Virginians will elect a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates.
December 1 2017
The Fairfax County Park Authority held a public planning meeting as part of the process to update the master plan for Lake Fairfax Park. You can still comment via email at Parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov until December 1, 2017.
December 2 2017
State legislators are now getting their bills ready for the 2018 General Assembly to convene in Richmond in January. You might want to suggest some bills to your state delegate or senator.
Our local governments manage local parks, waste, land use, schools, building and development and more. Local government managers (for counties, they are called county executives) are now preparing the FY 2019 budgets
The Virginia Conservation Network — with the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Virginia League of Conservation Voters — will host two meetings in Northern Virginia focused on how we can work together to guarantee climate action in Virginia.