Welcome to the CLEAR Plan
Welcome to the Climate, Environment and Readiness (CLEAR) Plan for Virginia’s George Washington Region. This plan is a both a road map and action plan for preserving and improving the natural environment, the quality of life and the economic health of the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline.
The University of Mary Washington is leading this effort out of an understanding that the Region’s natural systems form a foundation that is critical to the health of our people, our economy, and our institutions and infrastructure.
Improving the Region’s ability to adapt to gradually changing weather patterns as well as recover from more precipitous natural disasters will make the George Washington Region a more attractive place to do business and a secure place to live and work.
To these ends, the plan incorporates four major areas: Environment and Habitat; Community Resilience; Emergency Preparedness and Economic Development.
Often overlooked is the fact that nature is among the most powerful technologies in existence for cost-effectively purifying air and water. It also provides other benefits ranging from protection against severe weather events to outdoor enjoyment to forming the basis of nearly every business sector.
Businesses must be able to depend on a steady supply of the resources they need. For example, raw materials must come in by train or truck on the land, air or water. Water must be available and flowing through the pipes.
Residents need to be able to count on the availability of water, roads, electricity and communications. They need to know that first responders can help them in an emergency. That their schools won’t be shut down for too long if the region faces a natural disaster. That basic government services will continue to operate.