The General Assembly is expected to soon reconvene in a special session to consider the budget. Legislators must reconcile the differences between the House and Senate budget proposals. Faced with many competing priorities, they need to hear from you that clean water should be towards the top of the list.
Virginia legislators must provide adequate funding for cost-share programs assisting farmers who implement conservation practices—one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce pollution in our streams and the Bay. These best management practices also improve the economies of smaller rural localities. For every dollar invested in agricultural best management practices, $1.56 flows to local suppliers.
The final budget also must address polluted runoff from urban areas. Rain that falls on our streets, parking lots, roofs, and driveways picks up pollutants and runs untreated into our backyard creeks and streams. Reducing stormwater runoff can be costly, so we're urging legislators to provide $20 million for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF), which provides matching funds to help local governments install projects that tackle this challenge.
Use the form below and urge the budget conference committee members to support a budget that provides adequate funding for agricultural best management practices and polluted runoff reduction. This funding is critical to improving water quality throughout Virginia and in the Chesapeake Bay.
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Photo: A restored stream in Kilmarnock, VA was badly eroded and restored using the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). Photo courtesy Ecosystem Services.
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Please Prioritize State Funding for Clean Water