The NSVRC helps localities in meeting state and federal environmental mandates, tracking environmental legislation, writing grants, and creating regional plans and public policy based on science. The Natural Resource program serves as a point of information exchange and policy coordination among local, state and federal government stakeholders on relevant regional environmental issues.The Commission enhances local environmental protection efforts through the development, coordination and implementation of regional projects.
Regional Water Resources NSVRC's Natural Resource program administers two water programs, the Regoinal Water Supply Planning effort and the broader Regional Water Resources Policy Committee. Under the Water Supply Planning Program NSVRC staff works with our localities to perform comprehensive inventories of existing water supply, and projections of future demand, to help jurisdictions meet the Water Supply Plan mandate of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
The Regional Water Resources Policy Committee emphasizes strategies to care for the waters within the Shenandoah Valley watershed. Although the committee is administered by the NSVRC, its reach extends beyond the NSVRC planning area to include Augusta and Rockingham Counties and the Cities of Harrisonburg and Waynesboro in Virginia, and Jefferson and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia. In the context of the Regional Water Resources Policy Committee the commission shares science with jurisdictions to help inform policy makers on a wide variety of water resource issues.
NSVRC also works to keep local governments abreast of regulatory changes and can work with governments to assure compliance with new standards, such as the coming Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulations.
Solid Waste & Recycling In this area NSVRC is working with jurisdictions to solve waste management issues on a local and regional level. For issues that are best addressed regionally, the Commission works to bring localities together to design cooperative solutions. Examples include the region's tire shredding and glass grinding operations, which are administered by the NSVRC for the benefit of the entire region and beyond. These self-supporting programs reduce the impacts of tire and glass waste on local landfills and identify new ways to reuse the materials.
Shenandoah Valley Air Quality Initiative (SHENAIR) The SHENAIR program wasw a collaboration of local governments, universities and interested citizens that set out to analyze air quality trends in the Valley region. The purpose of the analysis was to provide sound scientific information to local decision makers working to define air quality policies in the region. The SHENAIR report is providing input to the greater region's air quality efforts by sharing its science in the six-state I-81 Corridor Coalition.
Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) The Transfer of Development Rights is a tool that jurisdictions can use to ... The NSVRC is working to help local policy makers understand how TDRs can be used to help preserve agricultural lands in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Events such as the Regional Agricultural Preservation Forum, hosted by NSVRC, are an educational component of this effort. Ongoing tasks include working with local governments to integrate TDRs into regional and jurisdictional plans.
Hazard Mitigation The NSVRC works with localities on the periodic creation and update of state mandated Hazard Mitigation Plans.
To view a .PDF of the current Hazard Mitigation Plan CLICK HERE. (Be Patient. It's a large file.)
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