Local officials from Essex County, Middlesex County, Caroline County, and the Town of Warsaw joined members of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Friends of the Rappahannock, and the Chesapeake Conservancy on a boat ride out onto the Rappahannock River. “All our actions have a direct impact on the health of rivers and streams in our backyards,” said Peggy Sanner, the CBF Virginia Assistant Director. “For state and local governments that means many important decisions on how to manage polluted runoff, development, and land use.”
The boat ride, called by CBF a Decision maker Trip, left from the old Rappahannock River Cruise Dock in Tappahannock. Captain Jimmy Sollner drove the boat out into the middle of the river, where discussions regarding the river, pollution, what the different environmental groups do, and local points of environmental contention were discussed. Out on the water, the attendees fished up crab pots Sollner had left there for the trip, to show what the crab population on the river was like, and to give a glimpse into the livelihoods of the fishermen making their living on the river.
“Every year we hold numerous decision maker trips across Virginia,” Sanner said. “These trips are a great opportunity to meet with state and local leaders out on our waterways and explore ways we can work together for clean water.”
This was not the first time CBF has taken local officials in this area out on the water. According to Ann Jurczyk, the CBF Virginia Outreach and Advocacy Manager, “The last time we did a similar trip was almost exactly three years ago on July 9, 2015.”
A major point of discussion on the boat involved the myriad of ways localities can decrease pollution. For example, the grant used in Warsaw to create the lake at the old Gannon property comes from the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund. “Chesapeake Bay Foundation is also working on Environmental Impact Bonds, which are available to local governments by private investors interested in financing storm water solutions,” Jurczyk said.
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