of Virginia Unanimously Adopts Resolution Opposing King William
Contact: Miriam Gennari, Press Secretary, Virginia Green Party, 703-549-1422, email@example.com
"The King William Reservoir must not be built -period." So says the Green
of Virginia's Mr. Roger Clarke, a community organizer of Albemarle County,
underlining the Green Party's recent official adoption of a blunt resolution
the King William Reservoir, which developers propose to build in the tidewater
of the state.
"Greens are first and foremost about ecological and social justice," declared
Mr. Clarke, "and this proposed reservoir is a senseless and brutal affront to
both. Greens in Virginia are proud to take this strong stand against the
reservoir in solidarity with Virginia's tribes, Virginia's environmental
community, and thousands of university students across this state and region."
The Green Party of Virginia, or GPVA, is now the fastest growing state Green
political party in the nation. The "Stop The Reservoir" resolution was passed
unanimously during the party's most recent quarterly session, held September
14th in historic Fredericksburg.
Mr. Mason Payne of Richmond, who serves as Co-Chair of the GPVA,
similarly expressed a call to action: "All concerned citizens -but especially
Greens and other progressives- must lose no time in writing and calling
Virginia's Governor Mark Warner to tell him that they strongly oppose the King
William Reservoir. This egregiously sited project would seriously harm
Virginia's Native American cultures, and would destroy a rare and pristine
rural ecosystem, including tidal rivers, streams, marshes, and the rare plants
and animals that depend upon that unspoiled environment. Developers have no
justification for this massive dam and reservoir other than sprawl: more
clogged and cluttered highways, more pollution, more conspicuous consumption,
and more gated mini-estates for the rich."
The Army Corps of Engineers thoroughly rejected the King William Reservoir
(KWR) project last year, noting with emphasis that several viable site options
are available elsewhere. A just and proper choice of site, stated the Corps,
would not adversely and disproportionately impact Virginia's tribal
cultures -cultures deeply interwoven with a natural environment already under
extreme pressure from the onslaught of development. But deep-pocketed
development interests have continued to stealthily maneuver to overturn the
Army Corps' exhaustively researched and well-founded rejection of the massive
"The Green Party of Virginia is definite in taking this stand against this
dam and reservoir," Mr. Clarke continued. "Passing this resolution sends a
strong message: Virginia's Greens are resolute in their determination to act
to bring justice for the tribes of eastern Virginia and insure protection of
this treasured ecosystem. Greens will work hard with the growing coalition of
reservoir opponents to determine the next steps needed to end the threat of
the KWR once and for all."
Press inquiries and interviews are welcomed.
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GPVA Press Secretary: Miriam