VA. launches an aggressive plan to clean the Chesapeake Bay

In an email from Governor Northam it was announced that an aggressive plan to help clean the Chesapeake Bay has been launched.

The plan is for Virginia to release the largest oyster restoration project in the country.

Virginia will put $756 million into a project that will help farmers, localities and wastewater treatment operations that utilize the Chesapeake Bay.

By constructing new reefs and planting young oysters the state can help create new ecosystems to help clean the bay.

An oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day which will act as a natural pollution reducer.

The Shenandoah River watersheds into the Chesapeake Bay which encompasses six states where more 18 million people share the benefits.

According to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) everyone who lives in the Northern Shenandoah Valley is in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Which means that all rivers and streams will eventually finds it’s way into the Chesapeake Bay.

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Chesapeake Bay Program pushes forward

Governor Ralph Northam and the other members of the Chesapeake Executive Council met yesterday to sign a directive for the Chesapeake Bay Program.

The meeting served to address the threat of climate change and how it affects the Bay.

Governor Northam is proud of the actions taken so far.

Over $700 million dollars has already been invested in the Chesapeake Bay which has shown positive impacts.

A clean bay can generate more than $22 billion dollars each year from improved fishing, increased property value, and reduced water filtration costs.

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