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April 22, 2022
Elected official attendees of the Wandering Virginia’s Waterways bus tour in Painter, VA on April 1, 2022.
With funding from the Virginia Environmental Endowment, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) hosted its Wandering Virginia’s Waterways bus tour March 31-April 1st, 2022. This 2-day bus tour invited Virginia’s mainland local elected officials to take a trip across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and explore the Commonwealth’s lower Eastern Shore.
Coordinated by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the bus tour convened state and local representatives from over 12 of Virginia’s counties and municipalities to learn more about the Eastern Shore’s innovative agricultural practices and how they foster a resilient rural economy.
Elected officials gather on a potato field near Virginia Tech’s Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center to begin a tour of research and collection processes used to inform certain agricultural practices in Painter, VA on April 1, 2022.
Attendees of the bus tour included:
Elected officials learn more about the oyster farming process at Lambert Shellfish in Machipongo, VA on March 31, 2022.
Attendees toured sites that showcased the Eastern Shore’s diverse agricultural sector, both land, and seaside, and were able to view first-hand how practices have adapted from generation to generation:
Jon Wehner leads a tour of Chatham Vineyard in Machipongo, VA on March 31, 2022.
The tour included dinner at the Oyster Farm with state leaders: Clara Vaughn on behalf of Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Delegate Robert Bloxom, and Senator Lynwood Lewis. Technical assistance providers also joined the group to offer guidance on how implementation in local communities can be further supported.
Senator Lynwood Lewis and Delegate Robert Bloxom connect with elected official attendees in Cape Charles, VA on March 31, 2022
Graduate student at Virginia Tech shares the benefits and challenges of managing cover crops in Painter, VA on April 1, 2022.
Since its debut event in 2019, The Alliance’s Wandering Waterways series was designed to create an interactive space for local government officials to learn more about environmentally sustainable practices that influence the growth and restoration of local communities, resources, and economies. Part of this experience is having the opportunity to convene with their peers across municipal lines to share priorities and develop not only a deeper understanding of one another but also how and why relative decisions are made. Wandering Waterways hopes to connect the dots and reinforce the commitment of local leaders to undertake actions that protect and restore both their communities as well as the Chesapeake Bay region.
Local officials share perspectives as they explore the Eastern Shore in Machipongo VA on March 31, 2022.
Kyle Sturgis discusses the processes of lettuce growth in his greenhouse at ShoreBreeze Farm in Cape Charles, VA on April 1, 2022.
LGAC Chair, Jasmine Gore on the Chesapeake Bay in Machipongo, VA on March 31, 2020.
For more information about the Wandering Virginia’s Waterways bus tour, or access to photos, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE): Since 1997 the Endowment has maintained the goal of improving the quality of Virginia’s environment. As a nonprofit and independent grant-making foundation, VEE also works collaboratively to advance environmental literacy, establish land trusts and conservation networks, as well as develop meaningful facilities such as a statewide mediation center.
About LGAC: The Local Government Advisory Committee is a strong and trusted voice for local governments within the Chesapeake Bay Program with the primary goal to advise the Executive Council on how to engage local governments by sharing the views and insights of local elected officials and enhancing the flow of information among local governments.
The Alliance’s Local Government Initiative Team (left to right), Laura Cattell Noll, Patti Bohnsack, Ola-Imani Davis and Jennifer Starr in Mechanicsville, VA on March 31, 2022.