Water and Land Use in Virginia Governor’s Office News Releases for December 2—December 11, 2014: Bay Program Executive Council, Green Community Program, Stormwater Grants to Localities, Clean Water Farm Awards, Virginia Bioscience Initiative, and Coastal Zone Management Program Continuation

Following are titles and excerpts from water-related or land-use-related news releases issued by Virginia Governor Terry McCauliffe’s Office from Dec. 2 to Dec. 11, 2014.  To access the full text of any release,  or find the full archive of Governor’s Office releases online at https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/.

Governor McAuliffe Selected to Head Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council, 12/11/14.  Excerpt: Governor Terry McAuliffe will assume the chairmanship of the Chesapeake Executive Council beginning January 1, 2015.    The council is the governing body for the multi-state and federal partnership known as the Chesapeake Bay Program and is responsible for leading the Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, most recently detailed in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.   The council is comprised of the Governors of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, and West Virginia, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.”

Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order 36, Creating Virginia’s First Green Community Program, 12/10/14.  Excerpt: “Governor McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 36, authorizing the creation of Virginia’s first Green Community Program to provide localities and the private sector with a low-cost financing tool to implement energy conservation projects in their communities and businesses…such as energy efficiency, energy performance contracting, alternative fuels measures, renewable generation, and environmental conservation measures.”

Virginia Awards $21.5 Million in Grants for Stormwater Pollution Reduction Efforts, 12/9/14.  Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has awarded about $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.  The grants cover 64 projects in 25 localities. … The fund, administered by the Department of Environmental Quality, was established by the 2013 General Assembly.  This year, $28 million was available to local governments as matching grants for best management practices that reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.”

Governor Mcauliffe Recognizes Farmers for Conservation and Water Quality Measures, 12/8/14.  Excerpt: Governor Terry McAuliffe today presented 10 farmers with 2014 Virginia Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Awards for implementing practices to protect water quality. …. In addition, Governor McAuliffe recognized Clem and Keith Horsley, who own and operate Holly Springs Farm in Gloucester County. The Horsleys are the first to fully implement a resource management plan through a new state program that encourages farmers to use high-level conservation practices to reduce runoff pollution into local waters.  The voluntary program launched in July [2014].  Farmers and farm operators who implement resource management plans are deemed to be in compliance with any new state water quality and sediment requirements for nine years.”

Governor McAuliffe Announces New Virginia Economy Bioscience Initiative, 12/4/14.  Excerpt: Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced a Virginia Bioscience Initiative, kicking off the effort with a public and private sector roundtable discussion on the commercialization of university bioscience research at the State Capitol. … [P]art of today’s announcement also includes the commencement of a Virginia Agriculture Biotechnology Initiative.”

Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Protecting Virginia’s Coastal Resources, 12/2/14.  Excerpt: “Today Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Order continuing the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, a network of Virginia state agencies and local governments designed to protect the natural and economic assets located within Virginia’s coastal regions.”

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