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Virginia Beach Officials Consider Increase to Stormwater Fee

The City of Virginia Beach, in an effort to both respond to a projected budget shortfall and a need to protect existing infrastructure and be sustainable stewards of the environment has suggested that it may be necessary to increase the City's stormwater fee over the next three years. The proposal introduced to City Council this Tuesday outlines how the fee increase will allow the City to continue to maintain and improve its current systems and be in a better position to respond to and act upon the $238 million backlog of stormwater projects. A comprehensive article from the Virginian-Pilot (Pilot Online) can be found at the following link: http://hamptonroads.com/2011/03/virginia-beach-considers-raising-stormwater-fees...

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Discount Retailer Goes Above Minimum Standards and is Recognized for Conservation Efforts

Stormwater regulations and local watershed are becoming more rigorous to preserve and protect the eco-systems that are so vital for a sustainable future.  In Onley, Virginia, Wal-Mart  both during construction and with its day-to-day operations implemented strategies and programs that are helping to protect the “limited and sensitive water supply” in the community.  These extraordinary actions of today will become the norm tomorrow with the implementation of the  Chesapeake Bay TMDL and pending EPA Stormwater Rule scheduled to be approved in 2012. Learn more about the strategies applied to the new Wal-Mart store and the award in this article from DelmarvaNow.com http://www.delmarvanow.com/article/20110223/ESN01/102230409/Onley-Walmart-recognized?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CEastern%20Shore%20News%7Cs...

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