Water in Virginia State Government News Releases for Sep. 4-Sep. 12, 2014: State Parks Funding, Hurricane Preparedness, Bear Creek State Park, Agroforestry, Tree Seedling Sales, James River Shellfishing Closure, Summer Flounder, Shellfishing Training

Following are titles and short excerpts from water-related Virginia state government news releases between September 4 and September 12, 2014.  To access the full text of any release, click on the respective agency name to go to that agency’s archive of releases.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
Governor McAuliffe Celebrates New Initiative to Support State Parks,” 9/9/14.  Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe hosted a strategic planning session today in Richmond for the Partnership for Parks campaign founded by the Virginia Association for Parks and the Garden Club of Virginia.  The Partnership for Parks was formed to raise private funding to design, build, and install new interpretive exhibits in more than a dozen state park visitor centers.  The partners recognize that the goal of exhibits is to educate, entertain and inspire park visitors. More than 30 people from across the Commonwealth came to Richmond to chart a strategic plan for completing this effort by the year 2020.  More than $5 million will be needed for the campaign.”

Governor McAuliffe Announces Improvements to Commonwealth Hurricane Preparedness; Hurricane evacuation timeline adjusted to allow officials more time to make decisions and carry out emergency plans,” 9/4/14.  Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe released a report today outlining improvements to Virginia’s hurricane preparedness plan, including an adjustment to the evacuation decision-making timeline. The hurricane in-season review, led by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Department of Transportation, focused on five critical areas: coordination and information-sharing between state and local emergency officials, evacuation of impacted areas, sheltering evacuees, assistance to those with access and functional needs or without transportation, and communicating with the public.”

DEPT. OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION
Bear Creek Lake State Park master plan to be discussed Sept. 24,” Excerpt: Public meeting 9/24/14, 6 p.m., at the park, 22 Bear Creek Lake Road in Cumberland.

DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
None this week.

DEPT. OF FORESTRY
Fields, pastures, creek sides…. AND TREES,” 9/10/14.  Excerpt: “Come find out about agroforestry in a day-long workshop focused on two particular practices, riparian buffers and silvopastures. …This workshop will be held on November 8th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Lord Fairfax Community College’s Fauquier Campus.”

Tree Seedling Sales for the 2014-15 Season,” 9/11/14.  Excerpt: “Officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) announced that demand for its loblolly pine seedlings is very high this season and the agency anticipates that some or all families will sell out early. Customers interested in VDOF’s specialty seedlings are advised to setup an account and plan to purchase when the online store opens October 13 at 10:00 a.m.”

DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES
None this week.

DEPT. OF HEALTH
Virginia Department of Health Closes a Portion of the James River to Shellfish Harvesting,” 9/9/14.  Excerpt: “The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced [on September 9, 2014] a portion of the James River will be closed to shellfish harvesting due to flooding and contamination from sewage spills. The emergency closure is effective September 9 – 30, 2014, and is scheduled to reopen effective October 1, 2014. The Division of Shellfish Sanitation will monitor the shellfish during this period to determine if the area can be reopened sooner.”

DEPT. OF MINES, MINERALS AND ENERGY
None this week.

MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION
Summer Flounder Amendment Scoping Hearings,” 9/5/14.  Excerpt: “The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment.” The Virginia hearing will be held on Tuesday, 10/14/14, 6 p.m., at the VMRC main office, 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

New Shellfish training dates announced,” 9/4/14.  Excerpt: “The National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines now require training and education programs for all shellfish harvesters and certified dealers. Completion of the training is a pre-requisite for licensing.”

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