Advocacy

ADVOCACY

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Advocacy

LRNow works with our elected officials and community leaders to advocate for good environmental policy at the local, state and federal levels.  We invite you to subscribe to our Public Policy electronic newsletter by emailing Karen@LRNow.org.  We also invite you to participate in a variety of programs on public policy issues that we offer throughout the year.  We also welcome your participation in programs offered by our partners, Virginia Conservation Network and Choose Clean Water Coalition, at the state and regional level.

Watch the E-News for the date and time of our fall Candidates Forum.  The 2018 forum will include all of the candidates for City Council running for seats in the November, 2018 election.

 

Seismic Testing and Offshore Drilling for Oil and Gas

During 2017 and 2018, we have worked hard with a wide range of partners to oppose seismic testing and drilling for gas and oil off the coast of Virginia.  At the end of 2016, the seismic testing permits for the Atlantic were rescinded and the lease sale withdrawn.  It looked like we had prevented with potentially destructive and detrimental activity in the Atlantic Ocean.  However, after Donald Trump took office in January, 2017, he opened up all of the waters off the American coast to leasing by oil companies and we began our work again to prevent this from happening.

Currently, the fist comment period has ended and we are awaiting a ruling from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in the Department of the Interior on whether the lease sale will proceed.  There are many reasons to oppose drilling off of the Virginia coast.  They inlcude:

  • Seismic testing and drilling are extremely dangerous and potentially deadly to marine mammals and other ocean wildlife.
  • Tourism is a major contributor to our economy in Virginia Beach and could be devastated not just by a major spill, but also by the cumulative impact of the small spills that are a part of day to day oil and gas drilling operations.
  • Healthy local seafood is important to all of us and employs many who make coastal Virginia their home. Crabs, oysters, clams and commercial and sport fish are put at great risk by drilling operations.
  • NASA’s activities at Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore of Virginia will be compromised by oil and gas activity in the Atlantic off the coast of Virginia.
  • And lastly, the US Navy has identified most of the area off the coast of Virginia as critical to their training activities which do not mix with oil rigs and drilling operations.

For these reasons, LRNow has taken a position in opposition to seismic testing and offshore drilling.  We appreciate the unwavering support of Governor Northam.  We also appreciate the support of Senator Kaine, Senator Warner, Congressman Taylor and the Mayor, Vice-Mayor and Virginia Beach City Council.

 

Virginia General Assembly

Every year, LRNow follows some bills in the General Assembly that directly affect Virginia Beach and our work.  The General Assembly meets for 45 or 60 days.  Our Virginia Beach representatives are listed below.

We advocate for funding for the Stormwater Local Assistance Program that provides grant funds on a one to one match basis to cities and counties to make improvements to their stormwater systems.  Stormwater is the primary way that pollutants enter our waterways.

We have supported moving management of the menhaden fishery to VMRC and staying in full compliance with the Atlantic Marine Fisheries Management Council recommendations. We also support funding for oyster replenishment and restoration. And each year there are other bills, both good and bad, that demand attention.

 

Virginia Conservation Network

The Virginia Conservation Network is a coalition of over 100 conservation organizations across the state.  LRNow is proud to be a partner organization.  The coalition offers network partner organizations the opportunity to work together on issues of mutual interest and have a stronger voice in the General Assembly and beyond.  VCN tackles issues related to Clean Energy, Healthy Waters, and Smart Communities.

LRNow staff and volunteers participate on the Water Workgroup and in the three primary events sponsored by VCN each year: Environmental Forum in the fall, General Assembly Preview Day in December, and Lobby Day at the General Assembly in January.   All who are interested are invited to participate in these events.  Please watch our E-News for dates, locations, and registration information.  Karen Forget currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of VCN.

For more information, go to www.vcnva.org

 

Choose Clean Water Coalition

Choose Clean Water is a coalition of groups throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed who are working on water quality issues.  This group supported by the National Wildlife Federation brings together voices from Virginia Beach to New York to learn about and common issues, work together on solutions, and have a collective strong voice in Washington, DC on water quality issues that are a part of the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

LRNow staff participate on monthly workgroup calls, the annual conference and lobby day on Capital Hill.

For more information, go to https://www.choosecleanwater.org/

 

Your Elected Representatives

City Council

Mayor Will Sessoms

Vice-Mayor Louis Jones — Bayside District

John Uhrin — Beach District

Jim Wood — Lynnhaven District

Rosemary Wilson — At-large

John Moss — At-large

Shannon Kane — Rose Hall District

Bobby Dyer — Centerville District

Barbara Henley — Princess Anne District

Ben Davenport — At Large

Jessica Abbott — Kempsville District

 

For City Council meeting schedules, agendas, minutes, and email addresses, to go:

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/city-clerk/city-council/Pages/default.aspx

 

Virginia General Assembly

Senator Bill DeSteph

Senator Frank Wagner

Delegate Chris Stolle

Delegate Jason Miyares

Delegate Bobby Knight

Delegate Cheryl Turpin

Delegate Kelly Fowler

Delegate Glenn Davis

For information on General Assembly bills or access information for our representatives, go to the Virginia Public Access Project (https://www.vpap.org/),

Richmond Sunlight (https://www.richmondsunlight.com/) or the

Virginia General Assembly website (https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/).

 

Congressional Representatives

Senator Tim Kaine – https://www.kaine.senate.gov/

Senator Mark Warner — https://www.senate.gov

Congressman Scott Taylor — https://taylor.house.gov/

EVENTS CALENDAR

September 2018

Bird Walk

September 1, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

September 1, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Office@lrnow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Waterway Cleanup

September 8, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

September 8th, 9 am - noon - International Coastal Cleanup at Thalia Creek Kayak Launch - This cleanup is a water-based cleanup only. Participants should plan to bring their own kayak and paddling gear. PFDs are required. Some kayaks may be available for use with advance registration. Advanced registration is recommended for final event details. Contact office@lrnow.org to register or for more information.

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

September 19, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Vermiculture Composting Workshop

September 21, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Friday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 PM


Learn about the benefits of vermiculture composting and build your own attractive 2 foot by 4 foot wooden composter. All materials, even your own red wiggler worms, are included.
We will provide tools and instructions for building your own composter during the workshop.

This is a great opportunity. Spaces are limited so sign up today. This workshop is being offered free. It is a $75 value.

To register, call Terri at 757-962-5398 or email Office@LRNow.org. Registration closes on September 14th or when the class is full.

composting workshop

Conversations about Climate Change

September 26, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Two Interesting Speakers


Climate Change and the resulting sea level rise is the most important issue facing our region today. We will pick up our Conversations About Climate Change series with a presentation from Ted Henefin, HRSD General Manager, explaining how the HRSD SWIFT program is putting waste water back into the ground to help with land subsidence. And Elizabeth Andrews, Director, W&M Law School Coastal Policy Center, to help us understand sea level rise from a policy and legal perspective. What tools will our cities need to tackle the challenges ahead?

Please RSVP at Office@LRNow.org for this important and very informative program.

Discover Virginia Beach Nature Hike

September 29, 2018
08:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This September we will be exploring the southern part of our beautiful city! Join us on Saturday, September 29th 8:30am-10.30am for a nature hike on West Neck Creek Trail (2249 North Landing Road). West Neck Creek Natural Area is a wooded 217-acre site located across from the Municipal Center along North Landing Road. This 2 mile hike will be lead by a staff member/tree enthusiast who will identify trees along the trail. You may even find a notable tree that you can nominate here! Following the nature hike, there will be a guided tour of the Whitehurst-Buffington House. “Designated as one of the 50 most historically significant structures in Virginia Beach, the Whitehurst-Buffington House, built in 1793, is truly a house over time”.

This month’s hike will be the 2nd Discover Virginia Beach Series event. Discover Virginia Beach is designed for people to explore Virginia Beach’s natural and historical areas. Mark your calendars –Saturday, October 27th–Guided bike tour through False Cape. We hope you can join us!

To register please e-mail Terri Gorman Terri@lrnow.org or call our office (757) 962-5398