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RCC sustainability committee offers environmental lecture

By Tom Martin
April 4, 2014
Lewis “Lewie” Lawrence, the executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

Lewis “Lewie” Lawrence, the executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission

In keeping with one of its major goals, that of disseminating information about the environment and “green” technologies, the Environmental Sustainability Committee at Rappahannock Community College is pleased to present a lecture from Lewis “Lewie” Lawrence, the executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission.

Lawrence’s topic will be “Living in a Regulated Environment: TMDLs, Groundwater, Stormwater, and the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act,” which will explain the complicated regulations, dating back to the 1960s, that cover environmental policies. He will comment on the Federal Flood Insurance program, the Chesapeake Bay agreements, changes in onsite septic regulations, TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Load: the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can absorb while still safely meeting water quality standards), ground water, water supply planning, storm water, and fracking. He will also touch on emerging issues such as rising sea levels and Federal Flood Insurance reform.

The event will take place on Monday, April 21, 12:25-1:25 p.m., at RCC’s Glenns Campus (with an interactive video link to the Warsaw Campus). It is free and open to the public, but those wishing to attend should call Marlene Cralle at 804-758-6750 to register.

The Environmental Sustainability Committee plans to present more lectures on this important topic in Fall 2014.

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