Lynnhaven River NOW works to promote positive dialogue between the citizens of Virginia Beach and our elected officials and City and State leadership on issues affecting the health of our natural environment.
We are currently actively involved in two local public policy issues.
Offshore drilling poses huge threats to our waterways and beaches and all the progress we have made to clean up our environment. It is not just the possibility of a disastrous spill that poses a risk, but the smaller spills that occur as a result of the day-to-day operations also foul the waters and kill wildlife. Oyster larvae is particularly vulnerable to oil and gas contamination. We are joined on this position by many other groups in Virginia Beach including the Restaurant Association, the Hotel Association, the Resort Advisory Commission, the Princess Anne Garden Club, the Virginia Beach Garden Club and the Green Ribbon Committee. We are all working together to have our concerns heard a the state and federal levels. We thank our City Council for rescinding their support of offshore oil and gas drilling.
If you share our position of opposition to drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia, please contact:
Governor McAuliffe, P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, VA 804-786-2211
Senator Kaine, 231 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-4024
Senator Warner, 475 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-2023
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Director Abigail Ross Hopper, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240, 202-208-6474
Extending light rail to Town Center is the first step to a multi-modal, modern public transportation system for Virginia Beach and our region and will have multiple benefits including environmental benefits.
Impervious surface does not allow water to soak into the ground when it rains and is a major component of our water quality problems. Much of our existing and anticipated impervious surface exists to serve cars and includes roadways, driveways and parking lots. A multi-modal transportation system will reduce the need to add further impervious surfaces for cars.
In addition, as much as 25-30% of the excess nitrogen in our waterways, a major pollutant, is air-deposited from vehicles. Reducing driving miles in our city will reduce the excess nitrogen that leads to algal blooms and dead zones in our waterways.
Lastly, light rail stimulates redevelopment along the transit corridor. The light rail corridor is already one of the most densely developed areas of the city. Most of that development in this part of the city happened when there were very few regulations regarding stormwater. Vast areas of impervious surface drain directly into our surface water. Through redevelopment we will get much improved onsite stormwater management and reduce the pollutants flowing into our waterways.
Please contact Mayor Sessoms and the City Council Members to voice your support for staying on the course to extend the light rail line to Town Center.