What is NEED?

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Over 35 years ago, The NEED Project began as a one-day celebration of energy education when National Energy Education Day was recognized by a Joint Congressional Resolution. In the same year, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation stressing the need for comprehensive energy education in our schools, a reduction of our dependence of fossil fuels, and increasing use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. Since its founding, NEED has kept its Kids Teaching Kids philosophy as a fundamental principle of NEED programming – encouraging students to explore, experiment, and engage, and encouraging teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students. NEED is expanding and evolving to best meet the needs of teachers and students – in the classroom and beyond…   NEED students are the future of the energy workforce. Students interested in engineering, science, economics, environmental sciences, law, geology and a host of other disciplines have a role in the energy industry. We work hard to help teachers meet the requirements of state standards, Common Core, and the Next Generation Science Standards. As states adopt their new standards, NEED will continue working to provide state alignments to our entire curriculum portfolio.  To learn more about NEED visit https://need.org.

Blue Ridge Now Accepting IFB for Spraying/Seeding

The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District will be accepting bids through Monday, April 1, 2019 until 4:30 pm for herbicide and seed application on seven earthen watershed dams starting in 2019. The dams are located in Henry County (6 dams) and in Franklin County, VA (1 dam). Each dam shall have the sod portion treated with herbicide in the spring and late-summer and over-seeded in late summer. Insurance certification (liability and workers compensation) will be required as well as a category 5 and 6 pesticide license. Prior to beginning work, the contractor shall provide all certificates pertaining to proper Virginia Pesticide Applicator Licensure under Authority of the Virginia Pesticide Control Act pursuant to § 3.2-3930 Code of Virginia.  A pre-bid meeting and dam tour is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  Contract period is for one year, contingent upon approval by the Blue Ridge SWCD Board of Directors.  Contact Michael L. Tabor, Sr. Conservation Specialist at (540) 483-5341 ext. 122 or Kathy Smith at (540) 483-5341 ext. 117 to obtain copies of the bid documents.  The Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District is located at 1297 State Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District reserves the right to accept or reject, in whole or in part, any and all Bids or to waive any informalities in the bidding.   Click on the icons below to download the spraying/seeding package and corresponding maps.

Blue Ridge SWCD Now Accepting Information for Bids

The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District will be accepting bids through Monday, April 1, 2019 until close of business (4:30 pm) for semi-annual bush-hogging/mowing. A total of ten watershed (all but one are earthen dams) are in need of bush-hogging (eight located in Henry County and two located in Franklin County, VA). Area of bush-hogging/mowing and removal of small woody vegetation shall include all of the earth fill portion of the dam, 25’ from the earth fill portion of the dam, and the bottom and side slopes of the earthen spillway. Each watershed earthen dam shall be bush-hogged/mowed once on or before June 15, 2020 (spring mowing) and September 30, 2020 (fall mowing) for each of the years of the contract and unless approval is extended in writing by the Blue Ridge SWCD Board of Directors. A nominal 3.5” to 4.” (inches) specified grass height is required. Woody vegetation less than 2” (inches) in diameter measure from 1.0’ (foot) from the ground shall be removed to less than 1” (inch) from ground. Insurance certification (liability and workers compensation) must be presented at the time of submission of the bid to be considered for this bid. A pre-bid inspection is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019. For more information, contact Michael L. Tabor, Senior Conservationist at (540) 483-5341 ext. 122 or Kathy Smith at (540) 483-5341 ext. 117. The Blue Ridge Soil and Water Conservation District is located at 1297 State Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. The Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District has the right to refuse any or all bids. Note:  This is a correction to an earlier press release.