First Lady of Virginia and environmental groups gather in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH — The city will host a conference of regional environmental organizations, according to information released by Chuck Payne, environmental planner for the city.

In affiliation with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, Virginia Institute of Marine Science and The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Virginia Beach will host the “2018 North Landing River/Albemarle Sound Estuarine Symposium” on April 19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Keynote speakers at the event include First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew Strickler.

The symposium aims to identify, protect, and restore the resources of the North Landing River in Virginia Beach and the Albemarle Sound in Northeastern North Carolina.

The one-day event is designed to cultivate stakeholder collaboration, while providing awareness to identifying, protecting, and restoring the significant resources of the North Landing River/Albemarle Sound.

An agenda of the symposium is available, and some of the topics of discussion include the cultural history of the North Landing Watershed, an overview of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System, and opportunities for collaboration between Virginia and North Carolina agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions. Afternoon panel discussions, networking opportunities and poster sessions are also planned, according to a news release.

Online reservations  are accepted until April 13.

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