Supporting Local Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
Northern Virginia is facing increasingly stressed drinking water supplies. Rampant growth and development in watersheds that supply the region’s drinking water has led to increased sedimentation and bacteria from stormwater runoff above water intakes and around wellheads. The resulting downstream impacts include financial costs for treatment plus costs to human health from chemical treatment of raw water, including disinfectant byproducts from chlorine, or lead leaching from pipes.
Land conservation programs reduce polluted runoff by preserving open space, farmland, forests and historic resources. Both the Senate and House will be considering amendments to the budget that would provide $100 million for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). SLAF grants provide 50% matching funds to localities for construction of facilities or structures or implementation of best management practices that reduce or prevent pollution of state waters caused by stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces.
Tell your senator and delegate this investment is essential to the continued health and economic vitality of our communities.