Taking care of the Bay - Despite extensive restoration efforts during the last 25 years, the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries remain unhealthy. To restore water quality, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nutrients and sediment that can be put into the Bay.
States in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed must provide the EPA with a Watershed Improvement Plan detailing what will be done to conform to the TMDL by November 1. JCC staff will evaluate the TMDL and develop County-specific recommendations to go to the Board of Supervisors in September. For more information, visit the website.
Looking for answers to your gardening questions? – Even if you missed out on having a green thumb, you can still have a great garden thanks to the Master Gardeners with Virginia Cooperative Extension.
The knowledgeable volunteers staff a Help Desk between
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday, April-November. Whether your questions pertain to petunias or peas, you can get the information you need by calling 757-564-2175 or by sending the Master Gardeners an email.
Cooling assistance available – Applications for cooling assistance will be accepted through August 15 as part of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Energy Assistance Program.
Assistance is available to households that include a child under age six, a person with disabilities or an adult age 60 or over who meet income and eligibility requirements. The maximum gross monthly income (before taxes) for one person is $1,180 and $2,422 for a household of four. To learn more, visit the website or call Social Services at 757-259-3100.
Dust off your skateboard – The County recently implemented new policies and hours to help users have a more positive and safe experience at the popular park.
Passes are now required for all participants. The passes are free for JCC and City of Williamsburg residents ($10 replacement fee if lost.) Non-residents can purchase a day pass for $5 or a seasonal pass for $35. Passes are available at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center.
Visit the County’s website for the new seasonal schedule and policies.
Medication can be expensive – Having problems paying for your prescriptions? The free Virginia Drug Card is available to help the uninsured and underinsured by offering up to 75 percent off the cost of medications.
It only takes a few minutes to get the card online. There are no restrictions and everyone is eligible. The Virginia Drug Card is fully funded by the pharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit the website.
It’s Super Turf Saturday! – Register today for the 10th Annual Super Turf Saturday on August 6 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Rd.
Learn what’s new in environmental lawn care from the Turf Love Program and the Virginia Tech turf experts. Topics to be covered include: irrigation, weed control, managing soil, mowing strategies, buying the right seed and cool-season versus warm-season lawns.
Pre-registration is required. Call 757-564-2170 by August 5.
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