Today I'm off to Roanoke, Va, for the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists.  The five-day session includes field trips exploring the upper James River, one of Virginia's most important Chesapeake Bay tributaries, visits to nuclear power facilities and an excursion into West Virginia's coal country to see mountaintop mining and its environmental and human impacts.

The conference, drawing more than 600 attendees, is slated to hear a keynote address from R.K. Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Prize last year with former Vice President Al Gore for the work of its scientists in crystalizing the latest research on rising global temperatures.

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(Disclosure:  I'm a board member and finishing up a two-year stint as president of the society.)

I'll be leading a panel discussion reviewing the mixed record of the Chesapeake Bay restoration, a luncheon chat about water pollution trading and a post-conference tour exploring the bay watershed from its highlands headwaters to Tangier Island, an isolated waterman's community in the heart of the bay.

Stay tuned over the next several days for news and thoughts from south of the Potomac River.

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