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Surfrider Chapter Network Continues to Increase Stewardship and Leverage Citizen Science to Ensure Clean Water for Public Health

Surfrider releases its Clean Water 2015 Annual Report showing more than 70% of water samples being safe to swim in

The Surfrider Foundation released its fifth Clean Water 2015 Annual Report which illustrated meaningful growth in its two programs - Ocean Friendly Gardens and Blue Water Task Force - that are effectively reducing ocean pollution so it is safe to surf, swim and play in the ocean.  As demonstrated in the case studies from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Kaua'i, Hawaii, Surfrider Foundation volunteers are educating their communities on how to help protect ocean water quality. Surfrider chapters are leveraging "citizen science," which the Obama Administration has been encouraging since September 2015, to test the water, identify water quality issues and to work collaboratively with local partners to protect public health and clean water along the coastlines.

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$19-Billion North Anna 3 Reactor in Virginia Proceeding Unlawfully

 

Petition Filed With State Corporation Commission by Virginia Citizens Consumer Council

The utility Dominion Virginia Power is proceeding unlawfully with plans for the more than $19-billion North Anna 3 reactor and must get formal approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission (VSCC) before it can continue, according to a petition filed today with the Commission by the Virginia Citizens Consumer Council (VCCC).

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State Corporation Commission Ruling Could Open the Door for Virginia’s Solar Market

Decision Upholds Rights of Customers to Use Third Party Financing for Solar Installations after Utility Tried to Block Access

Yesterday a hearing examiner at the State Corporation Commission issued a major ruling in favor of solar rights, confirming that Virginia law gives customers the right to use third party financing for rooftop solar. If the commission upholds the ruling this fall, the decision will open up Virginia markets to new solar businesses and jobs and make solar power more accessible for residents.

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With unanimous vote, Virginia county establishes strict parameters for future fracking

The Rappahannock River in King George County is one of many areas now better protected from industrial gas development and fracking thanks to new land-use ordinances. (© Charles Shoffner)

All four members of Virginia’s King George County Board of Supervisors at Tuesday’s public hearing voted to enact new land use laws to restrict oil and gas exploration, including hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The measures adopted protect 91 percent of the county from fracking.

With the vote, supervisors said they were representing the wishes of the county residents, who asked them to protect not only their drinking water but also the rural character and natural resources of their communities and landscape.

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Brock Environmental Center 1 of 11 Globally to Receive Living Building Challenge Certificate

First Building in US With Permit to Turn Rainwater into Drinking Water

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach has received a Living Building Challenge certification to recognize its adherence to one of the toughest and most prestigious building standards in the world. Skanska served as the owner’s representative and project manager guiding the project team through the design and construction of the facility.

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