Falls Church, VA, June 22, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- "As local governments, we're always looking for ways to make Northern Virginia the best place possible for the whole family, including those members who happen to have four legs," said Laura Grape, who chairs the partnership that sponsored the effort. "We're launching this blog to provide local dog owners with a fun and informal way to learn about the opportunities, services, and requirements that local governments have for them."
"Who says government has to be dull? Visitors will find the information they need mixed in with a healthy dose of canine entertainment they want," said Eric Eckl, principal for Water Words That Work, LLC, who will produce the Northern Virginia Dog Blog under contract to the partners. "Funny videos, cute stories, helpful tips, photo contests, this blog will have them all."
The Northern Virginia Dog Blog is intended to be fun -- but it also has a serious side: preventing water pollution from dog doo left on the ground. Dog doo is a surprisingly large source of the disease causing germs that pollute local streams and the Chesapeake Bay. The partners estimate that there are more than half a million dogs in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. Even at just a few ounces per day, that adds up to more than 50 million pounds of dog doo per year.
The Northern Virginia Dog Blog team will work to reduce the amount of that doo that reaches local creeks. The writers will periodically remind readers to do their part -- picking up after their dogs while out walking and from the yard around their homes.
To visit the Northern Virginia Dog Blog, point your browser to: http://northern-virginia-dog-blog.com
About the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners
The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners represent 11 Northern Virginia local governments, three independent water and sanitary sewer authorities, and one regional commission and the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program. Our goal is to work together to keep local residents healthy and safe by reducing the amount of pollution that reaches local creeks and rivers. We use educational advertisements, publications, and websites to alert the citizens we serve about how they can do their part — simple steps they can take to make sure there is clean water in local waterways for families to enjoy them and for fish and animals to survive and thrive.
About the Northern Virginia Regional Commission
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is a regional council of fourteen member local governments in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. NVRC is a political subdivision within the Commonwealth of Virginia. With a rich history spanning 60 years, NVRC’s chief roles and functions have focused on providing information, performing professional and technical services for its members, and serving as a mechanism for regional coordination.
About Water Words That Work, LLC
Water Words That Work, LLC is a boutique environmental communications and marketing agency. We help our clients modernize and professionalize their pollution prevention, fundraising, and issue advocacy campaigns. Our clients include the National Park Service, the Ogeechee Riverkeeper, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, American Rivers, the Ohio Environmental Coalition, Save Georgia's Coast, and many other nature protection and pollution control organizations.
Laura Grape, Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, (703) 642-4625
Eric Eckl, Water Words That Work, LLC, (703) 635-4380