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Public Hearing to Gather Input on Environmental Concerns

From the County of Fairfax:

The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) will hold a public hearing to solicit comments from interested parties on environmental issues of concern and on the state of the environment in Fairfax County.  The public hearing will be held on Monday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. 

Local High School Students to Testify about Climate Change

Do you want to hear what high school students have to say about Climate Change? You can today at a mock congressional hearing! As part the USA Science & Engineering Festival, students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA will participate in a mock congressional hearing on geoengineering to address climate change, along with experts from NASA, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Bipartisan Policy Center, Climate Institute, and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes.

"Tinkering with the Temperature of Planet Earth" will take place today from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW on the 5th floor. This event is free and open to the public.

Alexandria Health Department Issues Mosquito-borne Diseases Warning

The West Nile virus is active in the area and continues to be a threat, especially after last week’s storms. Alexandria Health Department has issued a warning about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes at a time when there is an increased amount of standing water around neighborhoods, damaged homes in the area allow mosquitoes indoors, and more local residents are spending time outside cleaning up debris and doing storm repairs.

While many people who get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile do not get sick, there is still a risk of getting meningitis or encephalitis. The Alexandria Health Department also wanted to remind residents that if you are over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of complications from the West Nike virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

A birth of a bumper crop of mosquitoes is expected very soon after last week’s storm and the health department has several recommendations to avoid any mosquito-borne diseases.