Chesapeake has long prided itself in our rural roots and agricultural goods. The future of Chesapeake shouldn’t abandon our character in developing into a center of economic activity.
Funding sustainable farming practices, such as conservation tillage, cover cropping, and integrated pest management will improve soil health, reduce nutrient runoff, and promote biodiversity cementing our hold in the future of agriculture.
As Chesapeake and our wider region have continued to struggle with worsening flooding and rising sea levels, we need representatives who will advocate for forward-thinking, cost-effective interventions to build resilience.
We need to collaborate with property owners to implement green infrastructure, coastal restoration projects, and stormwater management practices that will reduce flooding and protect our natural resources.
Chesapeake must build urban areas that are supportive of the current inhabitants, driven by their participation and opinions, and that mix well with the rural offerings of our City to ensure balanced growth that conserves our environment and heritage for generations to come.
We must promote policies in the City that encourage compact, mixed-use development, transit-oriented design, and the preservation of agricultural and natural areas.
Mother nature is a resource to be shared with the entirety of our City, not just those most fortunate to be encompassed by it. Northern Chesapeake would benefit greatly from working to expand our urban forest and ensure children across our City grow up surrounded by our natural resources.
By working with community organizations, we can develop tree-planting programs, community gardens, and initiatives that prioritize green infrastructure investments in historically underserved areas.
Government cannot accomplish these goals by itself. We must partner with local businesses, community organizations, and other nonprofits to achieve the aims of an economic hub that preserves its heritage.
Exploring opportunities for joint projects, grant applications, and sharing of resources to maximize the impact of conservation efforts in the Dare District must be a priority no matter what.
Education & Outreach
Conservation begins within our communities and schools. Creating spaces where families and citizens can learn and participate in our efforts to develop all of Chesapeake is essential to our success of conserving Chesapeake whilst growing our economy.
By hosting workshops, volunteer programs, public forums, and other avenues demanded by the community we can ensure our efforts are supported, successful, and hold opportunities for further community input.