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Sustaining Virginia's Water Supply: Challenges and Strategies

The 2011 Conference convened by the Committee on Stewardship of Creation continued the dialogue commenced at the 2010 Conference.  The 2010 Conference gave particular attention to threats to a sustainable water supply in Virginia's Coastal Plain because of the dependence of that region on non-renewable groundwater resources that were under increasing stress from a growing population.  Thw 2011 Conference which convened at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia, on September 10, 2011, did not slight the threats to a sustainable water supply in the Coastal Plain, but gave additional attention to implications of the hydrology of the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley as well..

The speakers at the 2011 Conference included scientists from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Geological Survey, a highly-regarded Virginia environmental lawyer recently honored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as Enviroonmentalist of the Year, and two architects whose practices emphasize green technologies in sustainable building and landscape design.  The presentations to the architects gave further salience to the measures that churches and their members can implement in their buildings and landscapes to make a positive difference.