In this month's issue, we have:
- Indian River Planning Area Study
- Plan going for final approval at City Council on Tuesday, Deferred to Dec 21
- Upcoming Events
- Second Saturday Hike - Lake at Indian River Civic Campus - Saturday, Nov 13
- Monthly Meeting - Guest Speaker City Council Member Susan Vitale - Thursday, Nov 18
- Other News
- Tree Planting on Indian River Road - Volunteers Needed - Early December
- Chesapeake Recycles Day on Saturday, Nov 6
- Treetopia at Mt. Trashmore on Saturday, Nov 6
- Environmental Items on City Council Agenda for Nov 16
- Audubon Society talk - "From Buck Trout Swamp to Suburbia"
- October Events Roundup
- Leave the Leaves
- Re-establishing of the Wetlands Board and combining it with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) Board. The Wetlands Board, which handles permitting of shoreline development, such as putting in bulkheads or rip-rap, was disbanded in Chesapeake about a decade ago due to budget constraints. This permitting has been handled by the State's Virginia Marine Resource Commission since then. These proposals would re-establish local control of this permitting process and also combine it with the existing CBPA Board. There has been some concern about whether the City has sufficient expertise to manage this process.
- The future of "Blue Bin" Recycling may be on the agenda. There are questions about the cost and effectiveness of the current curbside recycling program and whether the City should institute a new Trash Fee. Details are still TBD.
It was a busy month for the events in October. We had our monthly Second Saturday Hike on Oct 9. On Wednesday the 13th, the Planning Commission reviewed and approved the Final Draft of the Indian River Planning Area Study. On the following Sunday, the 17th, our members got an excellent tour of the Hermitage Museum and Gardens on our annual field trip. On Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd, we had back to back Adopt-A-Park events to get the Native Plant Garden at Indian River Park ready for the end of the season; on Friday we got a big boost by volunteers from Chapter 78 of Association of Aviation Ordinancemen (AAO) off the USS Gerald R. Ford. A big accomplishment was digging the bed for a new rain garden at the park. Throughout the month, volunteers have also been working to manage the invasive Linden Viburnums at Indian River Park that are fruiting right now. Also on the 23rd, the Chesapeake Master Gardeners had their own volunteer event to plant 21 new trees at the Campostella and Cuffee Center area. And behind the scenes, our board was working hard to finalize the plans - and financing - for the Indian River Road tree planting project. Thank you to everyone involved in these efforts!
Want to save time and work and help the environment? Then skip the blowing, raking, and bagging and leave those leaves lay this fall! Leaves are nature's mulch and provide food and shelter for butterflies, moths, bees, and other invertebrates over the winter. Removing the leaves actually can wipe out the next generation of many moths and butterflies. Learn more at https://xerces.org/blog/leave-the-leaves