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Date: June 02, 2005

Joan Salvati new Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Director

(RICHMOND, Va.) - Joan K. Salvati has been named as the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's new director of the Division of Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance. Salvati previously was employed as Water Quality Administrator for Chesterfield County where she oversaw many related programs including the county's implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.

DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon announced Ms. Salvati's appointment effective June 1. At DCR, Salvati will oversee a division staff of 12 who work with the state's 84 localities covered under the Bay Act. In addition to her 14 years with Chesterfield County, Salvati has frequently participated in statewide advisory committees and legislative discussions related to the Bay Act and other water quality initiatives.

Virginia's Bay Act calls for localities in eastern Virginia, roughly east of Interstate 95, to incorporate water quality protection measures into their comprehensive plans and ordinances and to define and protect certain lands called Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas. These areas are primarily buffers around rivers, streams and wetlands. Due to the merger of the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department into DCR last July, Ms. Salvati will be the first classified division director for the unit.

"I am very confident in Joan's abilities as a leader and consensus-builder," said Maroon. "We are pleased to be able to select someone of her experience and effectiveness." Maroon also noted that Scott Crafton, who previously served in that position, will now serve as an assistant director for DCR.

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