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June 2014
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Take Your H2O To Go --- There's an App for That!

Grab your water bottles and head for the tap, Hampton Roads. Now there's an app for that! We're thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile application to help you find free tap water at business and fountain locations throughout the region. The new TapIt Hampton Roads app, available for free for iPhone and Android devices, is a convenient way for you to refill your reusable water bottle with clean, healthy tap water while you're out and about.

With over 100 TapIt locations in the region, the network provides a no-cost alternative to bottled water that reduces landfill waste and litter. The app makes finding participating businesses and water fountains easy, and app users can share their experiences with friends by tagging their refills on Facebook and Twitter.

Local restaurants, cafes, retail stores, etc. can get on the TapIt map by signing up to become a TapIt partner. Joining the network is easy and free. And there are no obligations; you just need a faucet behind the counter, soda machine or any self-service access to water. Download the app today-- and fill 'er up. We'll drink to that!
Save the Date: Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful Golf Tournament Coming Soon
Four! That's how many months we have until the Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful Golf Tournament planned for Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. So grab your clubs and start brushing up on those birdie putts and chip shots. Hosted at the beautiful Greenbrier Country Club in Chesapeake, you won't want to miss this inaugural event. has teamed up with our friends at Keep Virginia Beautiful to bring you this one-day tournament that will help raise funds for local litter prevention, beautification, and recycling education and outreach efforts right here in Hampton Roads. And, it's sure to be a great time! The event is open to the public and registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart rental, range balls, beverages, prizes and an awards dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse. Sign up for the "Go Green" package and get a mulligan, raffle ticket, and entry into the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting contests!

Register online or download the registration form and send it to
Boardwalk Fun for the Whole Family
Outdoor art shows at the oceanfront? We're totally there! Look for at the Boardwalk Art Show Family Fest on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the 24th Street Park. Create, explore and enjoy art. But most of all, have fun-boardwalk style! We'll be joining the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art for the fest, along with these great partners: The Scrap Exchange, Virginia Zoo, Virginia Beach Public Library, REACH and Young Audiences of Virginia. Check out the famous Scrap Exchange junk jam, and make sure to stop by the table where you can compete in a recycling sorting contest, answer a pop quiz question or challenge a friend in the Scoop-the-Poop relay. We'll see you there!

500 People Have Taken the
Scoop-the-Poop Pledge. Have You? 

Why are we so passionate about spreading the word to scoop the poop? Well, because poop pollutes! Pet waste is high in bacteria and nitrogen. When it rains, pet waste is washed into storm drains and carried directly to local waterways. This pollution transforms the water into a cloudy, green, foul-smelling mess that lacks oxygen. Who wants to swim in that this summer -- yuck! Last month, launched the Scoop the Poop Pledge with the help of our regional partners, and over 500 residents have already told us they are up to the challenge. Are you? If you can say "I do" to these four little vows, you're ready to take the Scoop-the-Poop Pledge!
Be a good environmental steward and neighbor by not looking the other way when it comes to pet waste.
Scoop it, bag it and trash it each and every time, whether in my own yard or out for a walk.
Always take poop bags on walks with my pet. Even if it means tying plastic grocery bags to the leash so I don't forget.
Share the pledge and the importance of keeping pet waste out of our waterways with others in my community.
To take our
Scoop-the-Poop Pledge, visit