Local stormwater projects getting funding from DEQ

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Four local projects are getting funding from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

In total, 15 localities are getting $20 million for 24 projects from the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, which provides matching grants to localities for improvement projects implementing cost-effective, best management practices.

"This stormwater funding is vital to assist our partners in local government to improve their streams and the health of the Chesapeake Bay," said Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler. "As the Commonwealth prepared its new plan for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, we heard clearly from local governments that this funding support is essential to meeting our comprehensive goals."

This is the fifth round of funding from this fund, which was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 2013.

The DEQ says it received 59 applications for projects across the Commonwealth that would have cost more than $39 million.

To date, the fund has dispersed more than $80 million to support 193 stormwater improvement projects across Virginia.

"Under heavy rainfall, many conventional stormwater drainage systems may be overwhelmed and route runoff to streams and rivers," said DEQ Director David Paylor. "This increases pollution and results in degradation over time. SLAF funding provides matching grants to help communities install effective and efficient pollution-control measures such as stream restorations, constructed wetlands, and methods to filter rainwater before it washes pollution into waterways."

In Albemarle County, the Rio Hills Level I Wetland Retrofit is getting $82,000.

And three projects in Charlottesville are getting funding: Meadow Creek Stream Restoration is getting $398,160, the Tributary of Rivanna River Stream Restoration is getting $126,187, and the Tributary of Schenk's Branch Stream Restoration will get $267,800.

For more information on the projects across Virginia, click on the link in the Related Links box.

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