Reducing Salt

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. 

Speak Out in Richmond

January 22

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.

Local Budgets Set Priorities

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.