The House and Senate subcommittee released reports about mitigation money that are bad for conservation, several of the harmful amendments stemming from a misunderstanding of these funds. Virginia has well established land conservation policies that emphasize geographic distribution of money. The mitigation money referenced in the subcommittee reports goes to mitigate mercury pollution in the Shenandoah Valley; power lines across Jamestown; and pipelines through our most pristine landscapes. Funding those geographic specific projects to remediate harm done should not be substituted for the Commonwealth’s established land conservation funding priorities that citizens and communities rely.
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