MJRT Executive Committee Elections Results
The Roundtable Steering Committee elected its new Executive Committee officers at the quarterly meeting held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Congratulations to the new Executive Committee:
- Chairperson: Kip Mumauw - Ecosystem Services, LLC
- Vice Chairperson: Paul Davis - Citizen
- Treasurer: Nancy Drumheller - Central Virginia Waste Management Authority
- Secretary: Erin Hawkins - City of Lynchburg Department of Water Resources
- Chair-Elect: Hallie (Boisseau) Stephenson - Keep Henrico Beautiful
Thank you to the outgoing Executive Committee:
- Chairperson: Erin Hawkins - City of Lynchburg Department of Water Resources
- Vice Chairperson/Chair-Elect: Kip Mumauw - Ecosystem Services, LLC
- Treasurer: Anna Mathis - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
- Secretary: Nancy Drumheller - Central Virginia Waste Management Authority
MJRT 2014 Annual Meeting Wrap-Up
The Middle James Roundtable held its annual meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. There were approximately 75 attendees at the event representing nonprofit, private sector, local/state government, and citizen groups from throughout the watershed. During the Roundtable business meeting portion of the event, Erin Hawkins (Chairperson), Kip Mumaw (Vice-Chairperson/Chair Elect) and Megan Sommers Bascone (Project Manager) welcomed attendees and gave a brief overview of Roundtable history as well as past and current projects. Chairperson Hawkins conducted the Steering Committee elections and the following six Steering Committee members were elected to serve for the 2014-2017 term:
- Anna Mathis - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
- David Taylor - Chesterfield County Department of Environmental Engineering
- Olivia Hall - Henrico County Department of Public Works
- Paul Davis - Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District
- Sarah Stewart - Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
- Wood Hudson - Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
Please join us in thanking the following Steering Committees for their service as they step down from the committee:
- Bret Schardein - Citizen
- Lisa Hardy - Citizen
- Margaret Smigo - Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
The morning session included two panel discussions. The first panel discussion focused on financing municipal stormwater and was comprised of locality representatives from Charlottesville, Chesterfield Lynchburg, and Petersburg. The second panel covered homeowner BMP initiatives implemented by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, James River Association, and Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District.
The afternoon session included two breakout sessions. Attendees had three topics to chose from per session. Topics included technical assistance for homeowners, addressing water quality at the state level, environmental education, invasive species and litter control, small scale agriculture, and stormwater retrofit implementation.
The meeting concluded with a panel discussion of stormwater management with representatives from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Town of Ashland, Campbell County, and City of Richmond.
Click here to download presentations from the meeting.
This event could not have occurred without assistance from MJRT Executive & Steering Committee members, Planning Committee volunteers, session moderators, Henricopolis SWCD staff, VCU Life Sciences staff, Lorne Field and Michelle Kokolis (who donated rain barrels for the raffle), and meeting attendees.
We look forward to seeing you all at the MJRT 2015 Annual Meeting!
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What is the P.U.P. Club? P.U.P. stands for Pick Up Poop. The P.U.P. Club was formed by the Richmond Regional Pet Waste Committee as a way to recognize pet owners that are doing their part by picking up after pets and properly disposing of the waste.
The goal of the Richmond Regional Pet Waste Committee is to educate the public about the environmental impacts of pet waste and the importance of picking up after pets. The committee also aims to create uniformity in the information on pet waste that is being spread by the localities in the Richmond area. Committee representatives include state and local government, non-profits and other constituent groups in the Richmond, Virginia metropolitan area. The committee was formed in response to many of the area's rivers and streams being impaired by bacteria, including bacteria from pet waste.
Watershed Announcements & Events
Project Clean Stream 2015
(April 11, 2015, Various Locations)
Help make this year the largest Project Clean Stream (PCS) watershed-wide clean up to date! In 2014, PCS brought together over 7,500 volunteers to clean over 260 sites and remove 425,000 lbs of trash from the Chesapeake watershed. With your help, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay hopes to expand to over 300 sites in all 6 watershed States and the District of Columbia this year.
Register Your Cleanup Site Now! PCS is an annual volunteer-driven program focused on restoring the health of the Bay and its watershed by building strong connections between people and their local streams and rivers. PCS is a hands-on experience that helps raise awareness of local watershed issues and deepens personal commitment to environmental stewardship. Learn more and register a site at cleanstream.allianceforthebay.org
Watershed Educational Activity Sheets & MJRT Beverage Coasters
The Roundtable has a limited number of James River Watershed Educational Activity Sheets available at no charge. The activity sheets educate children and adults about watersheds and pollution prevention. They display a watershed illustration that can be colored by kids and a variety of puzzles and activities. We have distributed tens of thousands of sheets to organizations throughout the James River watershed. One of the main goals of this project is to reach a diverse audience. If you are interested in distributing the sheets in your community please consider a variety of venues! In order to obtain activity sheets please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the activity sheet, please click here.
The same Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Grant used to design our activity sheets also supported to the reprinting of our popular beverage coasters. The beverage coasters contain 5 ways to help the James River. To view the beverage coaster and its contents, please click here.
More information about the James River Watershed Educational Activity Sheets and Beverage Coasters can be found on our featured projects page.