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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: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/CleanWaterFinancingAssistance/StormwaterFundingPrograms/StormwaterLocalAssistanceFundSLAF.aspx...

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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: http://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/epa-says-it-would-accept-data-from-augusta-county-on/article_dbf1f1b0-decc-11e2-b36d-001a4bcf6878.html...

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Stormwater Utility Fees Viewed as Solution for Albemarle, Rural Counties As Well

While stormwater utility fees may seem to many like the kind of program that only densly populated cities and areas highly concentrated with impervious land (paved roadways, parking lots and building sites),  Albemarle County has joined other localities in Virginia that have a variety of development densities and is looking further into such a fee as a way to maintain current stormwater programs as well as planning for regulatory compliance. [caption id="attachment_1054" align="alignleft" width="240"] James River near Scottsville[/caption] Cities including Charlottesville have recently adopted stormwater utility fees to help pay for necessary maintenance and improvement of existing stormwater infrastructure. In the case of urban areas like Charlottesville, this fee is intended to pay for repairs and replacement of infrastructure including damaged/deteriorating stormwater pipes, culverts, maintenace of stormwater management facilities (often referred to as BMPs), curb and gutter, inlets, drainage improvements and other programs. So why are counties like Albemarle looking to a stormwater utility fee?...

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Northern Virginia Delegate to Sponsor Cleanup

[caption id="attachment_744" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Delegate Scott Surovell"][/caption] Virginia State Delegate Scott Surovell knows first-hand how pulluted and impaired some of the creeks, streams and rivers in the 44th District are. In fact, a recent report by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)  regarding Mount Vernon and Lee’s rivers and streams has prompted Delegate Surovell to sponsor a cleanup of Upper Little Hunting Creek in the area west of where it flows east  under Route 1. "I walked the creek last week in the creek I and saw hundreds of bottles and plastic bags, over 20 discarded shopping carts, two  mattresses, chairs, tables, a scooter and other trash." stated Delegate Surovell. In the EPA report and according to a Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s analysis, every embayment and stream monitored in the 44th District violated state water quality standards. Read more about the watershed conditions in the 44th District and how you can get involved with the...

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