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Creating More Green – Creating Less Stormwater

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="320"] The water coming down the restored branch of Donaldson Run on the left is visibly cleaner than the cloudy, silt-filled water flowing down the unrestored branch on the right.[/caption] Arlington County has implemented a number of strategies to capture, slow, treat, or otherwise reduce the stormwater runoff throughout the County. One technique being used by Arlington has been the use of low-impact, “greenscaping” techniques. These projects help Arlington to not only restore clean water to local streams and the Chesapeake Bay, but also reduce flooding, cut treatment costs, and beautify streets and public places. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation features Arlington County in the cover story of the Bay Daily. Read more at

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Arlington County – A Roadmap Towards Stormwater Compliance in Virginia?

Arlington County has submitted a proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation which could be used as a template by other municipalities throughout Virginia. Arlington’s plan to meet the requirements for reducing nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment in the Chesapeake Bay offers a variety of options to improve current discharge levels. Other municipalities (as well as developers) should give strong consideration to how they develop and maintain their systems as well as future developments which may provide opportunities for additional improvements. The flexibility of the Arlington plan may assist other municipalities to move forward towards submitting their own permit and to achieve their Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements - not only the near future but also the ultimate deadlines in 2025. Read more about Arlington County's plan in this Washington Post story:

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