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Municipalities throughout the Chesapeake Bay over the past several years have anticipated and, in some cases, planned for the costs to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff. Starting in 2013 through 2018, MS4 permittees within the Chesapeake Bay must reduce 5% of the required pollutant loading and an additional 35% from 2018 to 2023. Many localities will meet the 5% through enhanced housekeeping and best management practices, as well as the implementation of projects, but attaining the additional 35% will require significant funding.
Read more at the Richmond Times Dispatch about how Henrico County planned for funding the reductions required today and is now wrestling with how to fund even more in the future.
2015 Stormwater Local Assistance Fund Grants Announced
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced the FY15 grants authorized for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). A total of over $21.5 million was awarded to 64 projects in 25 localities. To view a list of all recipients, visit the VADEQ.
Environmental issues caused by increased stormwater flows and pollutants in the waterways is a world-wide problem. Australia is in the forefront of research and implementations to curb these impacts. The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities in Australia conducted a really interesting study that compares the “willingness to pay” for stormwater improvements and income level. A summary of the study can be found here: http://watersensitivecities.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IndustryNoteA1.1-Web.pdf
Interested in donating to pay for a fountain, walkway, and rain garden? Mercer University in Georgia is incorporating pedestrian spaces with donor naming opportunities to help pay for water quality improvements currently under construction. With the stormwater permitting and TMDL requirements in Virginia, higher education is struggling to provide funding to pay for facilities and improvements – maybe funding through donations is one avenue to defray the costs? Read more about what Mercer University is proposing here: http://www.macon.com/2014/07/07/3186002/new-fountain-rain-garden-almost.html
Free Stormwater Management Webinars
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is hosting two free webinars designed for local government employees who are involved in stormwater management. The webinars are free.
LOCAL RECORD-KEEPING, TRACKING AND OPERATING PROCEDURES
Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
The webinar will focus on public education and outreach, tracking nutrient and habitat management, coordinating local best management practices with Clean Water Blueprint requirements, and developing nutrient management plans for public facilities.
To register, visit http://cwp.adobeconnect.com/vacbf1/event/event_info.html.
DEVELOPING A PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PLAN
Friday, July 18, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Topics for this webinar include a step-by-step process for creating a public outreach plan, including identifying target audiences and priority water quality issues, crafting messages to engage the public, and evaluating outreach plan effectiveness.
To register, visit http://cwp.adobeconnect.com/vacbf2/event/event_info.html.
Spaces in the webinars are limited, and registration is required. For more information, contact Ann Jurczyk at 804/780-1392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recorded versions of both webinars will be available at cbf.org/ms4 shortly after the webinars conclude.
Under the heading of “practicing what we preach”, Glenn Telfer, our firm’s Technical Leader for Sustainable Design, decided to do just that – he installed a micro rain garden at his home in Richmond. His goal was to have first-hand knowledge about how they work. While the landscaping design will not win any awards, the combination of the soils and grasses do work. The first photo was taken immediately after it stopped raining – the 3-4 inches of stormwater runoff that was captured by the rain garden. The second photo was taken 30 minutes later and shows how quickly the water infiltrates into the ground, despite the heavy clay soils.
Local governments are struggling to find resources to comply with stormwater management regulations – a theme we will continue to hear about – particularly over the next 15 years in Chesapeake Bay localities. There are many ways to fund a stormwater program based on levying taxes or fees.
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors is facing an estimated $42 million cost of compliance over the next 15 years, but currently they do not have designated funds to meet the mandates. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted to deny the creation of a stormwater service district. Like so many other localities, Stafford County is going ‘back to the drawing board’ identifying alternative, creative ways to find monies for their stormwater programs.