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

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.”