2016 Rappahannock River Basin Commission Summit Proceedings

Proceedings of the 2016 Rappahannock River Basin Commission Summit are shown below. For more information contact Eldon James, staff to the Commission at ejames7@earthlink.net

Rappahannock River Basin Commission Summit 2015
September 23, 2015
University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus

Table Of Contents

Executive Summary

Speaker Bios

Welcome and Call to Order, Delegate Keith Hodges, Chair Rappahannock River Basin Commission, Virginia’s 98th House District

A Perspective on ChesBay Wellness, Where We Are and Where We Should be Headed, Delegate Ed Scott, Chair House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources

The Current Gaps in Meeting ChesBay TMDL Obligations, Peggy Sanner, Virginia Assistant Director & Senior Attorney, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Nitrogen Cascade & UVA’s Nitrogen Footprint Reduction Goals, Laura Cattell Noll, University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Science

Healthy Watersheds Forest/TMDL Project, Preliminary Findings and Next Steps
Senator Emmett Hanger, Virginia’s 24th Senate District
Bettina Ring, State Forester of Virginia
Joe Grzeika, King George County Board of Supervisors
Greg Evans, Virginia Department of Forestry
Eldon James, RRBC Staff

Adding Wellness to Diet-based Chesapeake Bay Best Management Practices, Michael Collins, Center for Natural Capital and SoilKeepers

Simulation – Is Nutrient Trading Really Workable? Facilitated by Michael Collins, Executive Director, Center for Natural Capital and Members of the RRBC Technical Committee

Virginia Nutrient Credit Trading Primer

Urban/Suburban Nutrient Credit Analysis

Lunch and Keynote: A Contrast – North Carolina’s Approach to Stormwater Management and the State-Local Relationship, Mike Randall, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality, Stormwater Permitting Unit

Chesapeake Bay Accountability Act, Congressman Rob Wittman, Virginia’s 1st District

DEQ’s Stormwater Stakeholder Advisory Group, Rewriting Virginia’s Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Management and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Statutes, Melanie Davenport, Director, Water Division, DEQ

Wrap Up and Adjournment, Delegate Keith Hodges, Chair Rappahannock River Basin Commission

Virginia Nutrient Trading Simulation to be Reprised at 2015 Rappahannock River Basin Commission Summit

A modified version of the Nutrient Trading Simulation conducted for the Rappahannock River Basin in Fredericksburg last year will be reprised at the Rappahannock River Basin Commission Summit on September 23 at Mary Washington University. More information on the Simulation and the Summit will be posted here in the months ahead. Contact the Center for Natural Capital @ 540-672-2542 for more information.

River Friendly Capital Improvements Launches

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We all know innovation is a critical ingredient for success in the tech sector…would this same spirit be helpful in river and wildlife conservation programming?

If so, what might conservation innovation look like?

Perhaps, as in other economic sectors, a focus on the supply chain would be helpful. This could mean an examination of the processes we use to conserve and restore nature’s services. Within these processes, we might look for synergies that lead to solution cost effectiveness, such as expenditures that provide multiple societal goals, shared among multiple societal entities (e.g., local governments and public/private utilities).

As the Commonwealth of Virginia moves forward with the Chesapeake Bay clean up efforts (more formally called the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan) there are milestones that have to be met along the way to reduce the amount of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sediment entering our streams, rivers and ultimately the Bay. As the “easier” practices or strategies are implemented and the low-hanging fruit is picked, stakeholders are left with choices that are more and more costly per pound of pollution removed, unless we find different approaches. To maximize opportunities to effectively remove pollution at the lowest possible cost, one approach is to examine all capital investments for the multiple benefits of also reducing pollution.

Does the planning and budgeting of needed capital investments, whether it be a new school, a public park or a sewer line extension, include examining project modifications to achieve added nutrient and sediment reductions without adding cost or with only a marginal premium?

The Rappahannock River Basin Commission and the Center for Natural Capital will convene this coming fall two Forums to consider this question. This work is funded by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. In the weeks ahead, we will provide information here about these upcoming meetings.

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