The Bulletin

Environmental group receives $1 million to reduce stormwater pollution in Richmond’s waters

By: - December 6, 2018 2:11 pm

The Chesapeake Bay watershed. Image from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in Richmond received a $1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to speed up a plan meant to reduce stormwater pollution in Richmond’s waterways and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.

The grant funds the Green Infrastructure Master Plan, which focuses “on identifying green infrastructure projects on public lands in the City of Richmond for future implementation,” according to a news release.

A big part of the project involves working closely with RVA H2O, a local initiative aimed at educating the public on keeping waterways clean.

Green stormwater management practices involve capturing and treating runoff before pollutants like nitrogen, phosphorous and sediments reach streams that flow into the James River. That’s done by reducing impervious surfaces — like pavement that repels rainwater — or planting trees and native plants.

The funding, said the Alliance’s Virginia State Director Nissa Dean in the news release, “will help us bring to fruition a project that we have envisioned with the City for some time.”

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Katie O'Connor
Katie O'Connor

Katie, a Manassas native, has covered health care, commercial real estate, law, agriculture and tourism for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond BizSense and the Northern Virginia Daily. Last year, she was named an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Health Journalism Fellow, a program to aid journalists in making national health stories local and using data in their reporting. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of The Flat Hat, the college paper, and editor-in-chief of The Gallery, the college’s literary magazine.