The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission is working with Wetlands Watch, Inc. and the consulting firm, CH2M Hill, to investigate the feasibility, opportunities, and constraints of utilizing best management practices (BMPs) for nutrient reduction on existing residential and light commercial private property. This project, which is funded in part through a grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality through the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, will support localities’ efforts to develop Phase II Watershed Implementation strategies for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL. The work builds on activities Wetlands Watch began in Spring 2011 including identifying watershed steward programs and activities and exploring the development of a Watershed Stewards Academy for Hampton Roads. Preliminary results will be presented at the January 25, 2012 Hampton Roads Watershed Roundtable meeting. The HRPDC facilitates the work of the Hampton Roads Watershed Roundtable with financial assistance from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The meeting will be held at the Virginia Zoo at 9:00 am. The HRPDC staff encourages citizens to attend and learn about ways to help improve water quality in the bay and local waterways.