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February 2017 Virginia Cooperative Extension Public Education Programs

January 12, 2017

Virginia Cooperative Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. The following are free public education events for February 2017. They are open to all.

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Alexandria’s Sewage Discharges Threaten Public Health And The Potomac River

January 11, 2017

Potomac Riverkeeper Network’s review of water quality testing done by Alexandria in Oronoco Bay, a discharge point for raw sewage and polluted stormwater into the Potomac River, reveals that 51% of the City’s samples showed fecal bacteria at unsafe levels in the river, rendering the Potomac frequently unsafe for human contact.

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Grasses For The Masses” Workshop Registration Is Now Open

January 9, 2017

Here is a great project for gardeners and non-gardeners alike during the winter. You can grow native plants indoors during the winter months, and install them in the spring where they can provide enormous environmental benefits. The “Grasses for the Masses” program is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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Arlington Regional Master Naturalists Spring 2017 Training Class

January 3, 2017

You can make a difference in our community by becoming a Master Naturalist volunteer! The Virginia Master Naturalist program trains volunteers to provide education, citizen science, and outreach to conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. Master Naturalist volunteers gain certification through state-approved natural history courses.

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Virginia Department Of Corrections Wins Inaugural Virginia Energy Efficiency Award

December 19, 2016

The Virginia Department of Corrections took top honors in the first ever Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards. The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council honored winners during a recent reception attended by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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Public And Environment To Benefit From $50 Million Proposed Settlement For Natural Resources Harmed By Virginia DuPont Facility

December 15, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Justice and the Interior joined with the Commonwealth of Virginia today announced a proposed settlement with DuPont valued at approximately $50 million to resolve claims stemming from the release of mercury from the former DuPont facility in Waynesboro, Virginia. This is the largest natural resource damage settlement in Virginia’s history.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Reaches Goal To Protect 1,000 Natural And Historic Treasures

December 15, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Commonwealth has reached its goal protecting 1,000 Virginia Treasures for the enjoyment of generations of Virginians and visitors to come.

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Beyer Introduces Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Protect Biodiversity

December 7, 2016

This week, U.S. Representative Don Beyer (VA-8) introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2016 to begin reversing the tide of habitat loss and fragmentation for U.S. fish, wildlife, and plant species.

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NRG Dickerson Plant Found To Be Source Of Potomac River Sheen

December 6, 2016

The Unified Command, led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has identified the NRG Dickerson Power Plant in Maryland as the source of the sheen that showed up on the Potomac River more than a week ago. The company agreed to join the Unified Command working to remedy the situation and protect public health.

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Potomac Riverkeeper Network Posts $1000 Reward For Information Identifying Source Of Sheen On Potomac River

December 1, 2016

Potomac Riverkeeper Network announced today that it is offering a $1000 reward for information identifying those responsible for the plume of pollution in the Potomac River that forced water utilities to take measures to protect the drinking water of millions of area residents this week.

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