Tidewater Current | Fall 2012

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September 27, 2012 - VIMS Green and Blue Infrastructure in Coastal Virginia: Tools and Implementation  - VIMS - This workshop will present local options for protecting important land and water resources, and will be held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA in Waterman's Hall, McHugh Auditorium. Hosted by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia, the workshop will feature findings of eight regional projects led by Virginia's Coastal Planning District Commissions. Tools that enable prioritization of significant areas and facilitate decision making will also be presented, followed by a panel to discuss relevant aspects of land conservation.


Orrin Pilkey to discuss : Sea Level Rise, Eroding Beaches, and the Mathematical Models that Describe Them

Friday, September 28th 2012 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm - More Info.
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, Dominion Classroom, Andrews 326
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062



FREE Hampton Roads Solar & More Tour - Saturday & Sunday October 6 & 7. In conjunction with the American Solar Energy Society's National Home Tour, folks across the country including Tidewater will have the opportunity to view and investigate local green building technologies incorporated into homes and businesses the first weekend of October. This free local tour organized by the Solar Group of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council is scheduled for two days - Saturday October 6 for sites on the middle Peninsula and Southside and Sunday October 7 for sites on the Peninsula. Approximately 30 locations are featured on the tour. In addition to passive solar design, PV and solar thermal sytems, attractions include a wind turbine, green (living) roofs, water catchment systems, ICF construction, spray foam insulation, and infloor radiant heating. This is a self guided tour. Simply visit the HRSolarTour website and register to get maps, addresses and detailed descriptions of the tour sites. Go to HRSolarTour.com.


Spread Your Wings and Fly to the 20th Annual Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival- October 5 - 7, 2012 - Info


October 9-11 - American Wind Energy Association Offshore WindPower Conference & Exhibition


October 9 - 12 - 2012 Natural Areas Conference: Keeping Natural Areas Relevant & Resilient - Join conservation professionals from around the country in Norfolk, Virginia, for the 2012 Natural Areas Conference, hosted by the Natural Areas Association (NAA) with our co-hosts the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils (NAEPPC). This year's conference will address keeping natural areas programs relevant in today's world and natural areas resilient in the face of change. Info


FREE EVENT - Town Hall Meeting - Offshore Wind: A "Wind - Win" for Virginia - Sierra Club

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:00-8:30pmVirginia Aquarium IMAX Theater - 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA

RSVP rrequired. Click the image for mor info and to RSVP .






Racing to Save the Bay - October 7-14, 2012
From Baltimore, Maryland, to Portsmouth, Virginia

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay's maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake's natural resources. We accomplish this goal in part by donating the proceeds of the race to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an organization working to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. To date, $147,624 has been donated to support children's education programs of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The race begins in Baltimore, Maryland, and ends 127 nautical miles down the Chesapeake Bay in Portsmouth, Virginia. Entry is open to all schooner-rigged vessels.

Parade of Sail - Wednesday, October 12, 2011, at 1700 Hours (5 PM) in Baltimore

October 13 - Schooners area will be docked in Portsmouth. Some will be open for tours.




2nd Annual Mustang Music Festival | Corolla Wild Horse Fund - Oct. 13 & 14 - Timbuck II Shopping Center, Corolla , NC


"Sea Level Rise and Inundation Workshop: What? So What? Now What."

The half-day workshop will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 15. At the Ocean ’12 Conference held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center - Topics covered, include:. 

• Why the global ocean sea level rises
• Why the land subsides in the mid-Atlantic region
• How storm frequency and intensity could change
• How to map flooding from sea level rise
• How to forecast and show storm surge flooding at high resolution with sea level rise
• How to identify and analyze societal effects of sea level rise
• How to measure the risk involved from sea level rise
• How to work with the public to help identify the best way to adapt to sea level rise
• What the city of Norfolk is doing to prepare for sea level rise
• What North Carolina is doing to understand the effects of sea level rise

Workshop speakers will include Robert Tuleya, a research scientist with ODU's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, and Burton St. John, an ODU assistant professor of communication and theatre arts. Other will be from the city of Norfolk, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the North Carolina Office of Geospatial and Technology Management, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Idaho and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  More info.

About ODU’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative


"PARTY IN THE PARK" - Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 2:00pm-5:00pm First Landing State Park, Chesapeake Bay Center - BBQ by Malbon Catering, Beer and Wine, Silent Auction and the More Perfect Jones Bluegrass Band - Hosted by the Princess Anne Garden Club - Reservations and Contact: Scottie Baker, 428-2285, sbaker320@aol.com; Mary Ann Schmidt, 434-2486, maschmidt64@cox.net; Pat Proctor, 425-3654, proctorsvab@cox.net - $40/person, checks only, payable to PAGC (This party sold out last year!) Mail to PAGC, PO Box 1319, VA Beach, VA 23451; Proceeds benefit the PAGC's Community Projects and First Landing State Park

10.24.12 - Learn How Floating Wetlands Help Water Quality - hrpdcva.gov. "What's a floating "mattress" with plants got to do with water quality? Find out for yourself by joining us on October 24th from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Resource and Extension Center in Virginia Beach. Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension staff will discuss their floating wetlands research and Floating Island International will give a presentation on their products and projects." Must RSVP - links inlcuded.

10/27/12 - CBES Between the Waters Bike Tour‏ (Eastern Shore) - Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore

October 27 from 10am-1pm Lynnhaven River Now Fall Bike Tour - "Fall is here! Come enjoy the cool breeze off of the Lynnhaven River as we explore on bicycle the Chicks Beach area, and Church Point and Pleasure House Point along the banks of the Lynnhaven River. $15 registration fee covers ride and lunch *Pre-registration required by Oct 19 - For more information, see our flyer. To register, contact Kris or call 962-5398

10.30.12 - Increased Flooding Risk Due To Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads - A Forum to Address Concerns, Best Practices and Plans for Adaptation - Virginia Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Center of Old Dominion University - Suffolk. Directions: http://www.vmasc.odu.edu/about_directions.html - Address: 1030 University Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23435Telephone: 757-686-6200 - MUST PRE-REGISTER .


Nov. 10 RiverRats Training Program - Newport News - Virginia Conservation Network

11.10.12 - Oyster tasting returns Nov. 10 to Gloucester - dailypress.com. "Sponsored by the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association, the annual event gives participants an opportunity to sample and rate a variety of locally harvested oysters and helps promote oyster aquaculture in Virginia waters."

Ocean Frontiers: the dawn of a new era in ocean stewardship - FREE Movie at VIMS November 19, 2012 (3:30 PM AND 6:30 PM – McHugh Auditorium - VIMS, Gloucester Point, Yorktown)

Ocean Frontiers takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country—from the busy shipping lanes of Boston Harbor to a small fishing community in the Pacific Northwest; from America's coral reefs in the Florida Keys to the nation's premier seafood nursery in the Mississippi Delta. Here we meet an intermingling of unlikely allies, of industrial shippers and whale biologists, pig farmers and wetland ecologists, sport and commercial fishermen, reef snorkelers and many more, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation, to sustain the sea and our ocean economies. Filmed in HD. Ocean Frontiers is a documentary and outreach campaign to inspire and mobilize audiences to better care for the ocean and the bay, for the good of all. More Info about the production. The viewing is free and open to the public - click on the time above to register for a viewing.

Tuesday, November 20 - HRGBC Event - Tour of LEED Platinum designed College Park Elementary School - 6 -7:30 p.m. - $ Fee - Info/Register. A green vegitated roof provides insulation and filters rainwater harvested for toilet flusing and heated through a solar thermal system to provide in floor hydronic heating. The site includes an integrated wetland and rain garden to treat runoff and fosters a natural ecosystem/water cycle learning opportunity.

Team Tidewater Solar Decathlon Entry to be discussed also 11.20.12


Students and faculty from Old Dominion and Hampton Universities were once again selected to compete in the Solar Decathlon, an international solar home design competition. Plans and progress on their entry “Canopy” will be discussed at the next meeting of the Hampton Roads Solar Group Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rupert L. Sargent Building in Hampton (1 Franklin St. – 1s t floor conference room).  Join the group to learn more about this exciting endeavor. This event is FREE. Directions can be found at: http://www.hampton.gov/medalofhonor/index.html.



American Meat Screenings in Virginia - December - Several events scheduled around the state - none in Tidewater or Hampton Roads - American Meat is kicking off a nationwide screening tour called the Young Farmer Screening Series. This tour will take place at universities, colleges, agricultural high-schools and FFA chapters aimed at stimulating dialogue about the meat industry, framing the conventional/organic debate from farmers' perspectives, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in agriculture and food. The 10 states on the tour include: Missouri, Washington, Virginia, California, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

12.5.12 - Bird Migration Corridors in Connection with Offshore Wind - usgs.gov. Public Lecture Series: Science in Action - Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:00 PM - Title: A Bird's Eye View: Offshore Wind Energy By: Alicia Berlin, Ph.D. and Allan O'Connell, Ph.D. - lectures can be followed live via our @USGSLive Twitter account.


Winter Wildlife Festival - January 25-27, 2013 | Princess Anne Recreation Center
presented with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - This is your chance to witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach; whether it's following fascinating bird activity, exploring the natural areas of our community or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings.

2.16.13 - Beekeeping Class for Beginners - - beekeepersguild.org. The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association present a three-day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers with an emphasis on sustainable, chemical-free practices. The course will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, February 16, 23 and March 2, 2013 at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia.

Save the Date! Virginia Marine Debris Summit - Help create a foundation for a Virginia Marine Debris Plan - February 27 & 28, 2013Sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program - Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science CenterVirginia, Beach VirginiaIncludes link to sign up.










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