Tidewater Current | Summer 2012

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6/2 - 24th Annual Clean the Bay Day: Saturday June 2, 9:00am – Noon at locations throughout Virginia. As one of the largest volunteer efforts in Virginia, on this day thousands of volunteers simultaneously remove debris from waterways for three hours. Please visit www.cbf.org/clean to register at a location near you.

6/7/12 - Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Blue Planet Forum Free at Nauticus June 7 - Environmental Intelligence for Coastal Communities - cbf

Navy Sonar Testing Progam Open House - Virginia Beach, VA
Monday, June 11, 2012 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Virginia Beach Convention Center -1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Navy seeks exemption from the Marine Mammals Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to conduct sonar and explosives testing. Information is being provided and comments sought at a public open house in Virginia Beach on June 11 while the dates and times of other public meetins in Florida and North Carolina can be viewed here. View Project Fact Sheet. View the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Supporting Documents. Comments will be accepted at the public meeting or you can submit them electronically here. Comments will be accepted until July 10. 2012.



6/13/12 - Conference to focus on sea-level increases - delmarvanow. Onley, VA - Workshop on sea level rise and implications for the Eastern Shore June 13, 6-8:30 at the Shore Bank Headquarters, 25020 Shore Parkway, Onley. Representatives of UVA, Wetlands Watch and the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission will present at the meeting.

6/18/12 -Lynnhaven River Now - New Oyster Spat Catcher Project - June 18, 6-7:30 PM, Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Boulevard - Want to catch oysters off your dock? Sign up to become a Spat Catcher in the Lynnhaven River! You will hang one or three cages that are less than one foot cubed off of your dock (or your neighbor's) for the summer and see how many baby oysters settle on the shells or alternate substrate in your cages. All you have to do is shake the cage around in the water every few weeks and you will be raising oysters that will filter the Lynnhaven River for the rest of their lives. Plus you will be helping us with an experiment to see which kinds of substrate oysters will settle on. This program took off in Norfolk's Lafayette River---let's see if we can get even more spat catchers in the Lynnhaven! Cost for all materials for three spat catchers is $25. For more information or to register, contact Kris McKinnon at kris@lynnhaven2007.com or 757-962-5398. You must pre-register and registration ends June 14th.

6/19/12 - VIMS Discovery Lab: Ocean Chemistry and Acidification - 6-8 p.m. Info


Elizabeth River Project - Adventures Summer Camp - Learning Barge and Schooner Virginia Volunteers & Interns Needed - Info

7/12/12 - Peninsula Oyster Gardening Seminar - Hampton Public Libary - 6 p.m.- Info

7/14/12 - Conservation groups are working together with the City of Virginia to educate the public and remove fishing line and angling debris from waterway. The first clean up is scheduled for July 14. Info

7/17/12 - VIMS Discovery Lab: Fishes of the York River 6-8p.m. Info

7/18/12 - Norfolk Oyster Gardening Seminar 6 p.m., Norfolk Yacht & Country Club - Info

July 25 Watch "The Big Fix" Norfolk - 7 p.m. at the Naro Cinema - Info

7/26/12 - CESA Webinar: New Developments in PACE Programs - Free Event to highlight PACE like financing methods being considered for clean energy projects. - Info

7/28/12 - Virginia Beach Oyster Gardening Round-up - First Landing State Park - 64th St. 9 a.m. Info

7.28.12 - Celebrities Rally to Stop Fracking and Promote Renewable Energy - ecowatch.org - First Ever "Stop the Frack Attack" Rally in DC July 28. Since, congress has exempted the oil and gas industry from Clean Air and Water provisions, environmental leaders including celebrities are gathering to protest fracking and promote renewable energy.

7/30/12 - PHP Stakeholder Mtg. is from 4:00-5:30pm and the PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE will follow that evening from 6:00-7:30pm. SDCC Mtg. with Delegate Stolle starts at 7:30pm. Voice your opinion about how the Pleasure House Point Park will be developed. There are links to a City of Virginia Beach online survey and a planning discussion website here.

8/2/12 - Virginia Beach Oyster Gardening Seminar - Great Neck Rescue Squad - 6 p.m. Info

8.16.12 - Friends of First Landing State Park Meeting 5 p.m. at the Trail Center - Info

8/21/12 - VIMS Discovery Lab Series - Streams to Sea-- Watersheds - 6-8p.m. - Info

Aug. 28 - Uranium Working Group Public Meeting - Virginia Beach - Virginia Conservation Network - 6 pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (1000 19th Street Virginia Beach, VA 2345) Details: http://www.uwg.vi.virginia.gov/index.shtm






Sunday, September 16th, 1-4pm VT AREC Station 1444 Diamond Springs RoadVirginia Beach, VA 23455


Citizens' Wetlands Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 9 AM - 3 PM
Location: Westminister Canterbury on the Chesapeake
Penthouse Lounge (Top Floor), 3100 Shore Drive
Cost: $10 per person, includes lunch and all supplies

The day will include both classroom instruction and field activities.Afternnon field activities will be at the new Pleasure House Point Natural Area. Some walking will be involved.
Pre-registration is required. To register, contact LRNow at kris@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398, Space is limited.


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.



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



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


"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

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


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



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