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Suggested Reading List

Books:

       Author                           Title
Blackstone, Mick Watermen of the Chesapeake
Blake, Allison The Chesapeake Bay Book
Brooks, William H. The Oyster
Burgess, Robert H. This Was Chesapeake Bay
Byron, Gilbert The Lord's Oysters
Carter, Ken Chesapeake Bay Reflections
Chowning, Larry S. Harvesting the Chesapeake
Ernst, Howard R. Chesapeake Bay Blues: Science, Politics and the Struggle to Save the Bay
Hall, J. H. Paradise, Stories of a Changing Chesapeake
Hedden, Robert A. The Oysters
Hildebrand, Samuel F. and Schroeder, William C. Fishes of Chesapeake Bay
Horton, Tom An Island Out of Time: A Memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake
Horton, Tom Bay Country
Johnson, Paula J. Working the Water
Klingel, Gilbert The Bay
Lawson, Glenn The Last Waterman
Lawson, Glenn Troubled Waters
Lippson, Alice Jane and Robert L. Life in the Chesapeake Bay
Meyer, Eugene L. and Niemeyer, Lucian Chesapeake Country
Warner, William W., Beautiful Swimmer
Wennersten, John The Chesapeake: An Environmental History
White, Christopher P. Chesapeake Bay, A Field Guide - Nature of the Estuary
Whitehead, John Hurt,III The Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay

Periodicals:

       Periodical                                                Publisher
The Bay Journal Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Magazine Richard J. Royer
Northern Neck and the Chesapeake Bay: A Regional Guide to Rural Living Northern Neck Tourism

Links

Newspapers:

Virginia General AssemblyContains both the Code of Virginia (Virginia's laws) and the Virginia Administrative Code (Virginia's regulations) in a searchable format.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Environmental Educational Directory – Providing an alphabetical listing of links to a great variety of agencies, institutions and organizations, including:

Northern Neck of VirginiaWithin this site you will be able to find out everything you need to know about our special corner of the world. The Northern Neck is rich in history, wildlife, agriculture, recreational activities and downright plain good clean living.

Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership This web site has a lot of good stuff on on 100 foot buffers etc.

Northumberland County Virginia – Northumberland County is a rural community offering the scenic beauty of gently rolling farm land, pine and oak forests, creeks and inlets stretching to the Chesapeake Bay. At this site you will find just about everything you need to know about our county, its past and present.

History of Northumberland County Virginia

Rice's Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern

Bush Mill Stream Natural Wildlife Preserve

Reedville Fishermen's Museum

Friends of Lancaster County

Chesapeake Bay Foundation – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is uniquely qualified to lead the effort to restore the Chesapeake. As you wander through this site, you'll see concrete examples of how CBF is helping to restore the tapestry that is the Bay. Their efforts are organized under the headings of "resource protection and restoration" and "environmental education." But in practice, all of their initiatives interconnect. The students who canoe through marsh guts with educators grow into oyster gardeners, scientists, Bay advocates, and caring citizens. Their work to promote "smart growth" improves water quality for Bay species, protects green spaces, and reduces the flow of pollution to the Bay. Oysters raised by volunteers end up on reefs created by their resources protection scientists. A visit to this site reveals CBF's plan to "Save the Bay".

Chesapeake Bay Sampler – This commercial site includes information about Bed and Breakfasts, History, Restaurants, Communities, Artists & Artisans, Wildlife and Birding, Eastern Shore Specialty Gifts, and More. A good map of the Chesapeake Bay may be found on the home page of this site.

USGS Chesapeake Bay Activities – The United States Geological Survey is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The USGS participates in the Chesapeake Bay Program by providing data, conducting studies, and serving on technical committees and workgroups. This site contains a wealth of information about the Chesapeake Bay's progress towards restoration.

Chesapeake Bay ProgramThe Chesapeake Bay Program is the unique regional partnership that's been directing and conducting the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since the signing of the historic 1983 Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating advisory groups. This site includes a wealth of information about the history of the Bay, plants and animals, habitats, water quality, restoration and how to get involved.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit organization that builds and fosters partnerships for the restoration of the Bay and its rivers. They are proud to sustain a regional reputation as a facilitator of Bay issues and a source of objective, in-depth information on the Bay restoration. The Alliance does not lobby or litigate, but brings together diverse interests in search of cooperative solutions to Bay problems. The site includes information about their membership, publications and projects. The Bay Journal site contains back issues of the publication from 1994 to the present time and you can search for published articles on topics of interest to you.

CBLAD – Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance DepartmentThe Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department is the state agency which provides staff support to the local assistance Board in carrying out the requirements of the Bay Act. Major Department efforts in implementing the Bay Act include administering a competitive grants program for localities and planning districts, providing training for local government planners and engineers, and reviewing local comprehensive plans and ordinances for compliance. This web site contains the text of the Chesapeake Bay Act, among other things

Virginia Institute of Marine ScienceChartered in 1940, the School of Marine Science/Virginia Institute of Marine Science (SMS/VIMS), has a tripartite mission of research, education, and advisory service in marine science. This mandate established an institution that is uniquely prepared to educate the highly qualified researchers, resource managers, and educators needed for the future. Today, SMS/VIMS is the third largest marine research and education center in the country. The site also includes an online Science Magazine which contains up-to-date articles related to many areas of science.

Tidewater Oyster Growers AssociationTidewater Oyster Gardeners Association, a group of people interested in growing oysters for fun, for delicious food, and to help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Northern Neck Audubon SocietyContains newsletters, schedule of meetings, bird walk schedules and a list of common birds of the Northern Neck of Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay Garden ClubContains calendar of events, projects and special interest groups, history of the club and much more.

Virginia Marine Resources CommissionThey are a source for information on commercial and recreational fisheries, including licensing, research, tides, etc.

Environmental Concern Inc.A non-profit organization dedicated to wetland restoration, research, and education since 1972.

Potomac ConservancyThe Potomac Conservancy is a regional land and water conservation organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural, scenic, recreational, and historical qualities of the Potomac River and its watershed lands.

Virginia Conservation Network"Our Mission – To protect the Commonwealth’s air, lands, and waters for the benefit of the people as guaranteed by the Virginia Constitution."

Northern Neck Land Conservancy (NNLC) A land trust which focuses on education about protection of open space and natural and historical resources.

Special Interest Contacts

Fish AmericaSupported NAPS grass planting efforts in 2002 and 2003.

Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, Reedville (The Garden Club of Virginia)The purpose of this site is to promote communication among The Garden Club of Virginia and members, Board of Directors and committees; to publicize both Garden Club of Virginia and member club events; to create awareness about environmental issues and educational programs; and to provide information and support of the annual Daffodil, Lily and Rose Shows, Historic Garden Week and Restored Historic Gardens by The Garden Club of Virginia.

The Chesapeake Bay Garden Club, Reedville, seeks to aid in the protection and conservation of our natural resources, to encourage civic beauty and roadside beautification, to study the fine art of gardening in all its aspects, and to cooperate with other agencies furthering the interests of horticulture and conservation. Meetings are held monthly on the 4th Tuesday except in December, July and August. During December a workshop to make wreaths for sale helps to finance community projects. Contact: Wonda Allain, President, mwallain@eaglesnest.net. The Birds and Butterflies Committee of the CBGC web site: www.geocities.com/wingsandthingscbgc.

Northern Neck Oyster Gardeners Association Contact Don Beard, 172 Tilden Lane, Weems VA 22576, (804) 438-6563, or donbeard@rivnet.net

SEAS (Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service)DCR's Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service promotes environmentally acceptable shoreline and riverbank erosion control measures to protect private property and reduce sediment and nutrient loads to the Chesapeake Bay and other waters of the Commonwealth. In addition, the program promotes research for improved shoreline management techniques to protect and enhance Virginia's shoreline resources. A visit to the web site or a call to (804) 443-3803 provides free advice for people who want to try and stop erosion of their shoreline.

XeriscapeThis site gives advice for people who want to save water and reduce the amount of their property in open lawn.

Northern Neck Master Gardeners AssociationInformation may be obtained at Virginia Cooperative Extension (804) 580-5694 as a resource to assist in planting strategies for riparian buffers, etc.

National Small Flows ClearinghouseThis is a great place to go for information about septic systems and alternatives.

The SAIF Water CommitteeA faith-based group helping people who don't have water and bathrooms, and to keep drinking water safe in rural wells.

Groundwater VirginiaDedicated to the understanding and protection of the groundwater of the Virginia Coastal Plain.

Pew Ocean Commission Report

Wildlife Preserves

Northumberland County has three Natural Area Preserves - Bush Mill Stream, Dameron Marsh and Hughlett Point, administered by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Public access is provided for passive recreation, education and nature study, but these areas are not intended for active recreational purposes. Their purpose is to protect "habitat of rare, threatened or endangered plant and animal species, rare or state significant natural communities or geologic sites, and similar features of scientific interest benefiting the welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth.” No sanitary facilities or trash receptacles exist, and vehicles, bicycles, horseback riding and unrestrained pets are prohibited. More information about these unique areas can be found at: www.state.va.us/~dcr/vaher.html.

Bush Mill Stream, located near the headwaters of the Great Wicomico River off VA 642, incorporates 103 acres of upland forests and wetlands. A Great Blue Heron rookery occupies the treetops in the swamp west of the Preserve. The property was acquired through Henry Bashore’s persistent efforts over a two-year period.

Dameron Marsh off VA 605 (take VA 606 à VA 693) extends into Chesapeake Bay, forming the southern margin of Ingram Bay. It is the largest wetland on the western side of Chesapeake Bay, but unfortunately it suffers from extremely severe erosion. Hughlett Point is located on Chesapeake Bay at the south end of VA 605, and contains 204 acres of wetlands, beaches, dunes and upland forest communities. It is home to a federally protected insect species, the Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle, and provides important habitat for waterfowl, songbirds and birds of prey.

A fourth area, Kohl’s Island, which incorporates Smith Point itself and a beach to the west of where the Potomac River empties into Chesapeake Bay, is owned by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. It is also home to the endangered Tiger Beetle. The old entrance to the Little Wicomico River off the Potomac River, which once bordered the western end of the “island,” has been built-up by the Corps of Engineers using dredge spoil from the present navigation channel. Planted with grass, it is hoped the connection to the “mainland” will now be permanent. No public access by land exists, or is planned, and access can only be gained by boat.

The public Vir-Mar beach on the Potomac River near Ophelia, can be accessed off VA 644 and VA 800.

These areas are all major assets for the County. It is up to us to help monitor and maintain the three Natural Heritage Preserves in accord with DCR’s mandate. If you would like to help the people who currently monitor Hughlett Point and Dameron Marsh, please contact Sib or Jane Towner at 435-3566 or jtowner@rivnet.net. If you are interested in monitoring Bush Mill Stream, please contact Mary or Porter Kier at 529-6494 or marykier@crosslink.net. Guided tours to Dameron Marsh are available for groups, and tours in spring and fall are announced in local newspapers. If you want to become a guide, contact Audrey Brainard at 580-5519 or brainard@rivnet.net.

Contact Your Representatives

Northumberland County Board of Supervisors:

County Administrator:

Northumberland County Courthouse, Heathsville VA 22473

Web site: www.co.northumberland.va.us

State Officials:

Register your opinion during the general assembly session at 1-800-889-0229