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DEQ Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) Matching Grant Awards Announced

Last week Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the award of nearly $23 Million to Virginia localities in a matching grants program designed to support various stormwater improvement projects.  "By targeting the needs of local governments, we are helping to reduce pollution in our waterways, and cleaning up our environment" Governor McDonnell stated. The approved projects are designed to reduce levels of phosphorus, a key pollutant in stormwater. The awarded projects have relatively high environmental benefits in terms of pounds of phosphorus removed per year. These projects were selected  because they were viewed as the most cost-effective of the proposals that DEQ received from localities. For a comprehensive list of localities and projects receiving funding, please follow the link below:

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Sampling of the Middle and South River May Be Key to Accurate Nutrient Pollution Data

[caption id="attachment_1140" align="alignleft" width="300"] Middle RIver, Augusta County[/caption] Augusta County is voluntarily considering a sampling program to determine the amount of pollutants that are leaving the county via its two primary waterways – the Middle and South rivers.  Now that the EPA has provided the “green light” of acceptance, it’s back in the county’s court to decide whether to proceed with the sampling. The decision to move forward has been hinging on whether or not grants could be obtained to meet operational costs as well as uncertainty about whether the EPA would accept the data. EPA has now deemed that the proposed monitoring "is consistent with other monitoring being done as part of the Chesapeake Bay River monitoring program." Supervisors will revisit the sampling idea when they meet in late July. For more details, click to read the news article:

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Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven River – Progress In the Making

Reducing the discharge of pollutants  to our waterways does result in a revitalization of the associated ecosystems.  That progress can seem slow; however, since the pollutants were released over several decades the cleanup will likely require a similar timeframe.  Implementation of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL will address the release of nitrates, phosphorous and sediment to the Bay from both point and nonpoint sources.  The following article discusses the Lynnhaven River and notes that visible progress can be made in less than a decade.  Compliance with the Bay TMDL will present difficult choices and potential for increased expenditures.   When compliance results in visible progress at the scale of the Bay and elsewhere throughout Virginia, similar to that seen locally on the Lynnhaven River, then the cost/benefit will become more palatable.  The complexity of the Bay ecosystem and the uncertainties associated with the model used to evaluate the health of the Bay and the...

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