CBF: This free discussion comes ‘at a critical point’ for the state’s Clean Water Blueprint

The beach with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel beyond (Photo Courtesy of Carl Unterbrink)
The beach with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel beyond (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Carl Unterbrink)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A discussion with leading Chesapeake Bay science and restoration experts comes as Virginia completes its final update to the Clean Water Blueprint, which creates a roadmap to a restored Bay.

Finishing the Job in Virginia is the next installment in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s free Brock Environmental Center Learning Series.

“Right now is a critical time for Bay restoration as Virginia finalizes its update to the Clean Water Blueprint. This discussion is a great opportunity to learn about about how far we’ve come and explore the concrete actions still needed to reach a restored Chesapeake Bay,” said CBF Senior Scientist Joe Wood.

Speakers include Rich Batiuk, recently retired from the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program office; James Davis Martin, the Chesapeake Bay Program Manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; and Wood.

The event will be on May 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brock Environmental Center at 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, foundation officials said.

Parking is available a short walk from the Brock Center on Marlin Bay Drive. The event is free, but space is limited.

Required advance registration is available here.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.