SOIL AND WATER

GOAL

Reduce water usage, which conserves water resources and reduces the need to spend energy treating water. 

Action

Make water conservation a component of all CLEAR public education efforts.

2015 Goal

Include practical water-use tips in CLEAR and Simple, CLEAR Climate Partners and social and traditional media campaigns.

Leader

Steve Hubble, Stafford County Assistant Director of Public Works

Achieved?

Educate the public on the usefulness and benefit of rain barrels and set a goal of increasing their use.

Put 100 new rain barrels into use throughout the region by 2015.

Friends of the Rappahannock, working with student volunteers

In Process: FOR

Encourage hotels to wash linens per guest, not per day, and restaurants to serve water only upon request.

Find out who is already doing this and encourage others to join. Promote those who adopt these practices, possibly as part of CLEAR Climate Partners

Nan Rollison

Local governments can set an example by converting green lawns to native plantings and other “zero-scaping” that requires less or no water and maintenance.

 

Take inventory of conservation incentives and information currently in place among all area utilities. Help utilities provide tiered billing, water-use comparison charts and/or conservation tips with water bills. Identify new opportunities for regional cooperation.

 

 

GOAL

Shift a percentage of the existing developed landscape from traditional green lawns and impervious paved surfaces to native plantings, rain gardens, pervious pavement and other “green” landscaping.

Action

Inventory and promote all incentives for homeowners, developers, builders and business owners to implement green landscaping.

2015 Goal

Distribute information on these incentives.

 

Leader

Atlantic Builders, Soil and Water Conservation District representatives

 

Achieved?

 

Educate the public about the benefits of using drought-tolerant landscaping through demonstration projects, and try to shift the idea of what landscaping is “supposed to look like.”

 

Convert 10,000 square feet traditional landscaping to “green” landscaping and promote it.

 

Soil and Water Conservation District representatives.

 

 

Encourage large stewards of open space to use Bay-friendly practices, i.e., parks departments don’t have to mow every square inch of land, farmers can use crop rotation, etc.

 

Identify and aid three specific instances of large landowners shifting to greener land-management practices.

 

Soil and Water Conservation District representatives

 

 

Encourage large stewards of open space to use Bay-friendly practices, i.e., parks departments don’t have to mow every square inch of land, farmers can use crop rotation, etc.

 

Soil and Water Conservation District    

GOAL

Understand and anticipate threats to the quality of the region’s water supply.

Action

Monitor state and local discussions about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on land in the George Washington Region, to formulate a list of best practices to help local governments get ahead of this issue, educate the public and protect natural resources.

2015 Goal

Establish a list of the risks and returns, and communicate a recommendation to area legislators, landowners and boards of supervisors on how to proceed.

Leader

Friends of the Rappahannock, King George County Supervisor Ruby Brabo

Achieved?

GOAL

Strengthen regional agriculture and local food distribution systems; reduce food desert areas

 

Action

Increase distribution of local agricultural products

 

2015 Goal

Plan food summit

 

Leader

Farmers Market Company

 

Achieved?

In Process for 2/2/2016

Increase access to local food products for vulnerable populations

Provide markets new sites, insure use of SNAP

Farmers Market

YES

PARTNERS

Public utilities and boards of supervisors and city councils Professional landscaping community

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Friends of the Rappahannock

Developers

Homebuilders

Building Permit Offices

Fredericksburg Area Builders Association

Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Geography and Environmental Science students at UMW

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