It's our chance to finally clean the Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is the world's most productive estuary — but the volume of pollution entering its fragile ecosystem is staggering. In fact, every summer, up to one-third of the Bay's water becomes a "dead zone," where almost nothing can survive.

Last year, after mobilizing public support, we were able to convince Gov. Bob McDonnell and the EPA to compose a promising new plan to clean the Bay and cut pollution back to safe levels by 2020.

But the restoration plan can only work if Gov. McDonnell stands strong and enforces the new rules.

With your help, we'll keep pushing to make the Bay cleanup a success.

Real solutions for the Bay

Virginia's new plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay requires all polluters to significantly reduce waste flowing into the Bay and its source waters. If we're ever going to truly restore the Bay, we need the governor to properly enforce the plan.

If you've ever sat in a kayak surrounded by tall reeds, caught a gust of wind at full sail, or picnicked at Point Lookout, you'll understand why it's so important to ensure the cleanup is a success.

With your activism and our advocacy, we can protect the Chesapeake Bay

We refuse to let developers and agribusinesses foul our natural heritage — and we have a plan to make sure Gov. McDonnell's cleanup plan gets fully implemented and enforced, loophole-free. We're bringing together Virginians from all walks of life to protect the Bay. All of us — fishers, swimmers, tourism businesses and citizens across the state — have something to fight for.

Our citizen outreach staff has been knocking on doors across the state to educate Virginians about what's at stake. We're also testifying in Richmond, educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to curb the flow of polluted runoff into the Bay from factory farms.

Click here to join our campaign — and urge Gov. McDonnell to protect the Bay.

Clean water updates

News Release | Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center

Virginia’s Major Polluters Spending $5,140,000 to Pollute Politics

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Community members give thanks to the Rivanna, remove over 75 bags of trash

As Thanksgiving approaches, over 40 community members gathered in Charlottesville to get their hands dirty and show just how much they value the Rivanna. After receiving notification of trash located on the banks of Meadow Creek, a tributary of the Rivanna River, Rivanna Conservation Society, Environment Virginia, and UVa Sustainability teamed up to take action

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Environment Virginia Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment Virginia, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of two candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections. The candidates are Gerry Connolly in District 11 and John Foust in District 10.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Chesapeake Bay and other waterways key to summer fun

The Summer Fun Index, our new fact sheet on the ways Virginians enjoy our waterways by the numbers, comes as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for over 28,000 miles of the state’s rivers and streams.

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Report | Environment Virginia

Summer Fun Index

In Virginia, summer fun means fishing, boating, swimming, or just relaxing by the water. Here’s how Virginians use and enjoy our waterways, by the numbers.

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