It’s Budget Time in Virginia — Let the General Assembly Know That Funding Clean Water Must be a Priority!
Dollars can move mountains or better yet, protect our rivers and streams. We have a unique opportunity this year to see meaningful increases in natural resource funding, thanks to the budget proposed by Gov. Northam. The proposed funding would directly support programs to reduce pollution of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Help us take advantage of this opportunity!
Ask your legislators to:
SUPPORT increased funding for the Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program to install targeted, cost-effective conservation practices on farmland.
- Add $46.6 million for 2021 and $55.88 million for 2022 for the Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program. (Budget Amendments: 373 #6s, #4h, #1h, and #12h)
- Add $4.55 million per year for technical assistance. (Budget Amendments 373 #13s and #7h)
SUPPORT existing budget levels for stormwater and wastewater treatment programs and land conservation
- $182 million for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund
- $120 million for nutrient removal grants to wastewater treatment plants
- $20 million per year for the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
OPPOSE budget language that would stall progress on our Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan and prevent an open and inclusive regulatory process for wastewater treatment upgrades.
These amendments would block Virginia from requiring technology upgrades at wastewater treatment plants along the James River, which receives 76% of the nitrogen pollution released by Virginia’s permitted facilities. (Budget Amendments: 377 #5h and #5s) Plants on the James should meet the same pollution standards as those on the Shenandoah!