Tag: stormwater

Virginia awards $21.5 million in grants for stormwater pollution reduction efforts

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has awarded about $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.

Albemarle County celebrates completion of Crozet Streetscape Project

Albemarle County officials joined Crozet residents and business owners at a dedication ceremony for the completion of the Crozet Streetscape project on Thursday.

Facing likely defeat, EPA abandons farm case in West Virginia

The U.S. EPA decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda.

Creigh Deeds: Reflecting on the 2014 General Assembly session

Every year as the General Assembly session winds down, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the things that have been accomplished, the things yet to accomplish, and perhaps the missed opportunities. With less than a week left before the scheduled adjournment of the 2014 session, a couple of things are clear.

Staunton redesigns utility bills

The City of Staunton Finance Department has completed a redesign of utility bills to be sent to the city’s water, sewer, refuse and stormwater customers.

Kaine highlights adoption of stormwater regs

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine highlighted the adoption of enhanced stormwater regulations by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board on Monday. The new regulations are expected to reduce the impact of polluted runoff from new developments into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways in the Commonwealth.

Daily Rant | The Chamber and Stormwater

Another example of how rhetoric about taxes, fees and “failed government programs” stalls progress. That’s the focus of AFP editor Chris Graham’s Daily Rant. Key Point: The Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce seems to want to shift the burden for paying for stormwater-system improvements in Staunton from big business to small business and residential taxpayers. […]

Another step backward

We’re not to presuppose that the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce wants anything else than a seat at the table to discuss the stormwater utility fees adopted by Staunton City Council in July to get the Queen City moving on its backlog of more than $15 million in otherwise-unfunded stormwater projects.

Bang for our stormwater bucks

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Poll: Should stormwater improvements be a higher priority in Waynesboro? Waynesboro was looking at spending $1.2 million this year to get its long-awaited and long-debated stormwater-improvement project up and running, but that was before the new vice mayor, Frank Lucente, switched positions on the source of funding for […]

You’re paying more than you should be

Fear and Loathing in Waynesboro column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net I’d like to get all worked up about how great it is that Waynesboro City Council figured out a way to save stormwater despite the pressure from the ultraconservatives to delay things another year, but … I have to say that I’m disappointed. I’m sure […]

Stormwater not a problem anymore

Fear and Loathing in Waynesboro column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Moving Waynesboro Forward. Three simple words. An interesting concept. We wanted to let Waynesboro voters know the stakes that were at play in the recent city-council elections. I’ve personally been hearing for years from residents frustrated that the city hasn’t been willing or otherwise able […]

A lose-lose situation

Fear and Loathing in Waynesboro column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Waynesboro leaders are discussing what to do about the real-estate tax rate. One option is to raise it four cents, as the city manager has proposed. The second option is to keep it where it is, and make some drastic cuts to services. We wouldn’t […]