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Community Report
September 18, 2009
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In the name of the bee
And of the butterfly
And of the breeze, amen!
—Emily Dickinson
Stormwater & Water Quality
Impervious surfaces are areas covered with roads, parking lots, roofs and other surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground.
The result is a significant increase in the volume and velocity of stormwater that runs off the land.
Streams are impaired when impervious surfaces cover just 10% of a watershed, according to research from the Center for Watershed Protection  and many other sources.
Did you know...
Butterflies weigh only as much as two rose petals, but can fly thousands of miles.

The strike of the eagle talon is so powerful that its force is twice that of a rifle bullet.

Honey bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

   Grow Green - Save trees & taxes
Aerial view of the Occoquan Reservoir In June 2009 the Planning Commission began the five-year review of the Comprehensive Plan’s Environment Chapter. The draft plan, published on Sept. 2, takes a comprehensive approach, calls for a tree ordinance, limits to clearcutting, emphasizes preventative measures and strategies to protect drinking water supplies. 
Community input is ongoing. Send your written comments to Planning Commission will have a special work session to discuss the proposed changes on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Development Services Building Room 202 (behind McCoart Government Center).  Keep reading & download a copy of the draft plan...
  Bird Walk at Merrimac Farm
Ruby-crowned Kinget by Julia Flanagan
When: Sunday, September 20, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Stone House Visitor Center, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville
Birders, led by Harry Glasgow, will travel through a variety of habitats, including open fields, woodland edges and bottomland forest. Beginning birders welcome, this is a great way to learn more about local wildlife. Read more...
   Merrimac Farm Butterfly Survey
Common BuckeyeWhen: Sunday, September 20, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at the Stone House Visitor Center, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville
We'll visit open areas and wander through the dappled light along forest edges, especially where flowers are in bloom. Join Jim Waggener, Kim Hosen and Gary Meyer to learn more about butterflies that live in Northern Virginia... then start looking in your own backyard! Read more...
   Sustainable Beekeeping in NoVA
Honey BeeWhen: Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
 Where: Bull Run Unitarian Church, 9359 Main Street, Manassas

From the White House to Northern Virginia backyards, beekeeping is gaining popularity as a great way to eat locally and help the plight of honeybees, where colonies are declining for reasons that are still unknown.

Join the Prince William Conservation Alliance for our 1st Thursday Nature Tales on October 1 when the Prince William Regional Beekeepers share the latest buzz about honeybees to learn more about honeybees and find out how you can help.

  In the News
Wildlife on the move means autumn is on its way
Bay Journal; September 2009
Richmond BizSense; September 17 2009
New York Times; September 13 2009
News and Messenger; Sept. 15 2009
News and Messenger; Sept. 15 2009

State forges ahead with I-66 study
Fairfax Times; September 15 2009

D.C bike shelter gives commuters a ticket to ride
Washington Post; Sept. 14 2009
Restoring Manhattan as it once was
New York Times; Sept. 3 2009