Virginia DEQ awards $20 million for stormwater enhancements

Virginia DEQThe Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has awarded 15 localities across the commonwealth with $20 million from this year’s Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). The SLAF program, managed by DEQ, provides matching grants to localities for improvement projects that implement cost-effective best management practices. This year’s awards will support 24 projects that will reduce water pollution across the state.
The grants represent the fifth round of SLAF funding, created by the Virginia General Assembly in 2013. This year’s applications were evaluated and ranked in priority. This year, DEQ received a total of 59 applications from 34 localities for projects totaling more than $39 million. Funding for this round ranges from $82,000 to a maximum of $4 million. To date, more than $80 million in SLAF funding has been awarded to support 193 stormwater improvement projects across the commonwealth.
“This stormwater funding is vital to assist our partners in local government to improve their streams and the health of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler. “As the Commonwealth prepared its new plan for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, we heard clearly from local governments that this funding support is essential to meeting our comprehensive goals.”
“Under heavy rainfall many conventional stormwater drainage systems may be overwhelmed
and route runoff to streams and rivers,” said DEQ Director David Paylor. “This increases pollution and results in degradation over time. SLAF funding provides matching grants to help communities install effective and efficient pollution-control measures such as stream restorations, constructed wetlands and methods to filter rainwater before it washes pollution into waterways.”
Localities receiving funding include:
  • Albemarle County   Rio Hills Level I Wetland Retrofit, $82,000
  • Alexandria               Strawberry Run Stream Restoration, $800,000
  • Alexandria               Taylor Run Stream Restoration, $2,255,000
  • Charlottesville          Meadow Creek Stream Restoration, $398,160
  • Charlottesville          Tributary of Rivanna River Stream Restoration, $126,187
  • Charlottesville          Tributary of Schenk’s Branch Stream Restoration, $267,800
  • Chesterfield County   Falling Creek Reservoir Restoration, $4,000,000
  • Fairfax County          Difficult Run Tributary at Brittenford Dr Stream Restoration, $2,198,605
  • Fairfax County          Turkey Run at Truro Stream Restoration, $1,801,395
  • Hanover County        Covenant Woods and Rose Hill Wet Pond I Retrofit, $413,080
  • Harrisonburg             Mountain View Drive Stream Restoration, $654,172
  • Henrico County         Bretton Woods Stream Restoration, $370,980
  • Henrico County         Henrico Water Reclamation Facility Stream Restoration, $766,153
  • Henrico County         Old Nine Mile Road Landfill Stream Restoration, $512,003
  • Henrico County         Quarter Mill Apartments Stream Restoration, $515,725
  • Henrico County         Virginia Home for Boys and Girls Stream Restoration, $343,730
  • Hopewell City          Point Road Stream Restoration, $91,500
  • Hopewell                   Hopewell H.S. – Mathis Park Stream Restoration, $265,000
  • Newport News           Harwood’s Mill Reservoir Tributary, $263,402
  • Prince George County Birchett Estates – Reach 1 Stream Restoration, $655,109
  • Prince William County Powell’s Creek Stream Restoration (Phase 2), $1,800,000
  • Roanoke County        Wolf Creek at Goode Park Stream Restoration (Phase 1), $300,000
  • Stafford County         St. Clair Brooks Park Stream Restoration, $99,999
  • Vienna Bear Branch  South Side Park Stream Restoration, $1,020,000
For more information about DEQ’s stormwater program visit

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