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State of the World’s Forests 2014: Enhancing the Socioeconomic Benefits from Forests

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,United Nations

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3710e.pdf

Emphasizes how well-managed forests can contribute to sustainable development and promote food security.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Virginia Oyster Harvests Continue to Climb

Categories: Business/Economics,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=5559

Press release announcing that the 2013/14 oyster harvest jumped 25% to an estimated 504,000 bushels.  It was the highest level since 1987.  Includes link to table with history of annual Virginia oyster harvests since 1957-58.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Proposal to Protect the Bristol Bay Watershed

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www2.epa.gov/bristolbay

Proposed regulation designed to protect Bristol Bay Alaska salmon fishery waters from damage from copper mining.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Dissolved-Solids Sources, Loads, Yields, and Concentrations in Streams of the Conterminous United States

Categories: Environment,Geology/Mining,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5012/pdf/sir2014-5012.pdf

Warns about concentrations of dissolved solids, a measure of the salt content in water, which are elevated in many of U.S. streams because of human activity.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

Streamflow, Water Quality, and Aquatic Macroinvertebrates of Selected Streams in Fairfax County, Virginia, 2007-2012

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2014/5073/pdf/sir2014-5073.pdf

Describes results of long-term effort to assess the condition of Fairfax County streams and documents watershed-scale responses to the implementation of Best Management Practices.  The focus was on hydrologic and ecological condition of 14 monitored streams.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

 

An Economic Assessment of Policy Options to Reduce Agricultural Pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://www.ers.usda.gov/ersDownloadHandler.ashx?file=/media/1469631/err166.pdf

Uses data on crop and animal agriculture in the Chesapeake watershed to assess the relative effectiveness of alternative policy approaches for achieving the nutrient and sediment reduction goals of the 2010 plan for Total Maximum Daily Load.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan: Progress Report

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD1602014/$file/RD160.pdf

Discusses plans for a new Bay Watershed Agreement and the completion of an update to Virginia’s Nonpoint Source Management Plan.  From the Secretary of Natural Resources

 

Virginia Outdoors Plan: 2013

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Virginia Issues

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/recreational_planning/documents/vopall.pdf

Latest version of the state’s official conservation, outdoor recreation, and open-space plan.  Includes a chapter on regional analysis and recommendations for 23 parts of the state including Hampton Roads.  From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

 

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