Treasure of the Chesapeake is Latest Reality Show to Join Television's Fall Schedule


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Oct. 23, 2003

 

Treasure of the Chesapeake is Latest Reality Show to Join Television's Fall Schedule

 

Looking for interesting reality television in the fall 2003 television line-up? Then join us for “Treasure of the Chesapeake” to learn about the reality of the pollution and degradation that threaten our local streams and waterways and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. This program will be shown on the county’s cable Channel 16 beginning on Friday, Oct. 31. It focuses on the contribution of the Chesapeake Bay to the economy and recreation of Virginia, the impact of water pollution closer to home and the effect of the newly adopted Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance on the environment and on Fairfax County property owners.

“Treasure of the Chesapeake” also includes interviews with Roy A. Hoagland, Virginia executive director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Walter Alcorn, at-large commissioner, Fairfax County Planning Commission; and Stella Koch, Virginia conservation associate, Audubon Naturalist Society, as well as staff from Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. The program will air on Channel 16 beginning Friday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. and will air every Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. through the end of November. Copies of the video have also been provided to all of the county’s public libraries and will be available for loan beginning on Friday, Oct. 31.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on July 7, 2003, adopted amendments to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and other county ordinances to implement changes to the state’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations. The centerpiece of the revised state regulations is that Resource Protection Areas, known as RPAs, must now be designated around all water bodies with perennial flow. This will result in an increase in the extent of RPAs throughout Fairfax County and property owners and businesses will be interested to know how this increase in RPAs may affect them.

The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is currently performing field studies to identify perennial streams throughout the county and update the county maps showing RPAs. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by Nov. 17, when the amendments become effective. An interim guidance map has been prepared to assist those interested in determining the potential impacts of the adopted amendments on properties throughout the county. The interim map is available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes.

The maps display the boundaries of the existing RPAs adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1993, the boundaries of RPAs based on the field studies to identify perennial streams which have been completed to date, and the estimated boundaries of RPAs for areas where field studies will be conducted this fall. The online maps will be updated every two months until all the field studies are complete. The maps display the general locations of RPA boundaries for planning purposes and the actual limits may be further refined by detailed field studies conducted at the time a plan is submitted to obtain a permit to develop a property.

Property owners will need their property tax map reference numbers to access the mapping information for their property. The numbers can be found on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta. Scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your address and click on “Search” – the resulting information will include the tax map reference number for the address entered.

If you have questions about the amendments, RPAs or the mapping of perennial streams, visit the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes or call the Office of Site Development Services, a division of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, at 703-324-1720, TTY 711.

 

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