CBF was encouraged that Virginia strengthened its Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Implementation Plan (WIP) submitted to
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
late last year. The revised WIP—Virginia’s
proposed blueprint for restoring the Bay and
its Virginia tributaries over the next 15
years—calls for an additional six million
pounds of nitrogen pollution reductions
from wastewater treatment plants and for
greater pollution reductions from large cities
and new septic systems.
CBF is supporting General
Assembly efforts to meet
In an effort to reduce pollution in urban and
suburban runoff, CBF will promote legislation
that bans phosphorus in most lawn fertilizers,
along with restrictions on the use of nitrogen
and phosphorus by contract fertilizer application companies. Most established lawns need
no additional phosphorus, and Virginia Tech
scientists estimate that implementing wide-ranging fertilizer management practices in
Virginia can reduce nitrogen and phosphorus
in urban runoff by more than 454,600 pounds
and 123,600 pounds, respectively.
Laura Engelund—checked on the progress of
reef balls placed last summer in Norfolk’s
Lafayette River, they were astounded to discover them loaded with healthy oysters. In just over
four months, spat (baby oysters) on the reef
balls had grown from about the size of a flake of
oatmeal to 3 inches, or nearly market size.
Reef balls elsewhere have produced vibrant
oyster reefs in a year’s time, but the success
in the Lafayette is remarkable because the
river drains a highly urbanized area and has
long been plagued with sediment and runoff
problems. Based on the early results, however, CBF believes more oysters will continue
to thrive on the Lafayette reef balls, creating
a successful reef and breathing new life into
a stressed river.
uFor more information on CBF’s oyster programs, visit cbf.org/oysters.
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CBF also will support measures that
advance implementation of Virginia’s WIP,
including additional funding for farm cost-share programs.
Virginia Conservationist of the Year
CBF continues to advocate for sufficient state
funding to implement farm conservation
practices in Virginia.
While EPA has approved Virginia’s approach-es for reducing pollution from farms, CBF
remains concerned that the WIP remains
dependent upon the availability of funding for
future farm pollution reductions. Therefore,
CBF will continue to track Virginia’s progress
and call upon EPA to take action if Virginia
does not meet its commitments. Further, CBF
is urging Governor McDonnell and the legislature to provide sustainable funding for farm
conservation practices and take immediate
steps to better manage the use of home fertilizer (see below).
And, as in previous years, CBF supported
legislation that would transfer management of
Virginia’s menhaden fishery from the General
Assembly to the Virginia Marine Resources
Commission, which manages all other marine
fisheries in Virginia. This issue was defeated
in late January.
Jackpot! Lafayette Reef Balls
Bursting with Oysters
CBF’s first Virginia reef ball project has surpassed all expectations. When the oyster
team—Tommy Leggett, Jackie Shannon, and
Kay Slaughter, CBF’s 2010 Virginia
Conservationist of the Year, poses at Philpott
Lake near Martinsville where she focused much
of her conservation efforts the last five years.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MS. SLAUGHTER
uFor more information, visit cbf.org/tmdl.
CBF Pursues Ambitious Legislative
CBF expects to be fully engaged in key Bay
issues during the 2011 session of the
Virginia General Assembly.
CBF’s Virginia oyster team—Jackie Shannon,
Tommy Leggett, and Laura Engelund—were
pleasantly surprised to find three-inch oysters
growing on a reef ball planted in the Lafayette
River just four months earlier.
CBF presented its 2010 Virginia Conservationist of the Year Award to Kay E. Slaughter,
longtime senior attorney for the Southern
Environmental Law Center (SELC) in
Charlottesville, Virginia. Slaughter recently
retired from SELC after 24 years championing
natural resource protection across Virginia and
the Southeastern United States. She played an
active role in many of the state’s most important
environmental issues, including the successful
battle against the King William Reservoir, efforts
to broaden citizens’ rights to sue polluters in
court, and a host of state and federal water and
wetland protection issues.