Water and Land Use in Virginia State Government News Releases for Dec. 19, 2014—Jan. 8, 2015: Electronics Glass Recycling, Schools and Agriculture, Wastewater Grants for Wise Co., Hunter Safety, Fishery Research Grants, VMRC Permit Application Web Tool, and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Funds for Va. in FY 2015

Following are titles and short excerpts from Virginia state government news releases for December 19, 2014—January 9, 2015 (as of 10 a.m. on Jan. 9) that relate to water resources or to other natural resource uses that may affect water.  To access the full text of any release, click on the release title, or (if that link doesn’t work) click on the Web address beside each agency name to go to that agency’s archive of releases.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE – https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/

Governor McAuliffe Announces 46 New Jobs in City of Bristol; Nulife Glass to invest $5.9 million to establish first Virginia operation, 1/9/15.  Excerpt: “Nulife collects and separates cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and computer monitors into saleable lead and glass.  The company opened its first North American facility in 2013 near Buffalo, New York, which can process more than 200 million pounds of CRT glass annually in furnaces that can melt the equivalent of 10 tons of TVs each day.”

Governor McAuliffe Announces USDA Funding for Two Programs Connecting Virginia Schools and Farmers, 12/22/14.  Excerpt: “…Virginia was selected for two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awards that will help connect Virginia agricultural producers with school systems statewide. The awards include a USDA grant for Virginia’s Farm-to-School program, as well as a USDA pilot program that will enable Virginia schools to purchase locally grown produce for their school meal programs.”

Governor McAuliffe Announces More Than $700,000 in Community Development Block Grants for Charles City and Wise Counties, 12/22/14. Excerpt:  “…Wise County will receive $122,652 for the Wells Boone Sewer Project through the CDBG Construction Ready Water and Sewer Fund. … The Wise County project will provide new public sewer service to the Wells Boone community, alleviating the reliance on aging septic systems that were built in poor soil conditions.  The project is expected to benefit 11 households, with seven of those households being low- to moderate-income.”

DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES – http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/news/

A Reminder to Hunters: Think Safety, 12/22/14. Excerpt: “…Whether you are hunting deer, waterfowl or small game, all hunters are encouraged to follow these basic rules for hunting safely. They are: 1) Treat every firearm as if it were loaded; 2) Control the direction of your muzzle, only pointing at what you intend to shoot; 3) Before shooting, identify your game and what is beyond; and 4) When hunting in groups, always plan for a safe zone of fire.”

MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION – http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/whatsnew.shtm

Fisheries Resource Research Grant program, 1/7/15: “The VIMS Virginia Marine Advisory Services is accepting proposals for the 2015 Fisheries Resource Research Grant program from January 5 through January 31, 2015. Grants are used to help those directly involved with fishing and aquaculture to undertake experiments and studies of innovative methods for enhancing or protecting fisheries in Virginia.  For more information, see http://www.vims.edu/research/units/centerspartners/map/frg/ or contact Tom Murray at 804-684-7190 or tjm@vims.edu.”

Permit applications submitted to Habitat Management Division, 1/5/15: “The Commission has added a web site feature that displays information regarding pending and complete permit applications submitted to our Habitat Management Division.  For more recent projects you can view permit applications, the project status, a project description including dimensions, site photos and see an aerial photograph.  This web feature will provide the public with easy way to access habitat permit application information and locations. Link to page: Habitat Management Permits and Applications Page.

DEPT. OF MINES, MINERALS AND ENERGY – http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMME/Newsroom.shtml

Virginia Receives $4.8 Million for Abandoned Mine Land Projects (opens as PDF), 1/6/15.  Excerpt: The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) today announced the availability of the Fiscal Year 2015 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation fund grants, which will provide more than $226 million to states and tribes to reclaim abandoned coal mines.  The AML grants are funded in part by a fee collected on all coal produced in the United States, and enable 28 eligible states and tribes to help eliminate dangerous conditions and pollution caused by past coal mining.”

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