[PAST EVENT] It's good to be the Secretary: The state of Virginia's environment

October 25, 2013
VIMS - Watermen's Hall, McHugh Auditorium
1375 Greate Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062Map this location
Presenter: Mr. Doug Domenech, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources

Reception at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of Watermen's Hall
Seminar from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in McHugh Auditorium

Doug Domenech was appointed Virginia's Secretary of Natural Resources in January 2010 by Governor Bob McDonnell. In this role he manages six state agencies including the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of Historic Resources, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and Virginia Museum of Natural History. He also provides Energy Policy direction for the Governor, and serves as the Governor's principal contact with Virginia's 11 recognized Indian tribes.

A forestry and wildlife management graduate from Virginia Tech, Domenech has had a career in natural resource management including work in industry and government. Prior to his appointment as Secretary, he served in a number of positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2009 including as White House Liaison, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, and as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary.

The Secretary of Natural Resources advises the Governor on natural resource issues and oversees agencies that protect and restore the Commonwealth's natural and historic resources. Secretary Domenech will discuss the Governor's top environmental priorities over the last four years. In light of the Virginia Constitution's requirements, the current state of the Commonwealth's efforts to "conserve, develop, and utilize" its abundant energy and natural resources, and the challenges and opportunities we will face in the future, will be discussed. These include energy conservation and development (e.g., off-shore wind, and fossil fuel prospecting and hydro-fracturing), water quality, and restoration of marine living resources (e.g., fisheries). Secretary Domenich will reflect on his experience balancing environmental protection, sound science, economic necessities, and political realities during his tenure.

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