Help Make Water and Conservation Funding a priority in Virginia’s 2021-2022 Budget

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Governor Northam’s budget proposal includes record-breaking funding for protecting our natural resources, and would put us on the path to healthy rivers and a restored Chesapeake Bay by 2025. You can help get this proposal across the finish line by contacting your Senator and Delegate and urging them to make a clean water and conservation funding a priority during this General Assembly session.

Urban and agricultural runoff into waterways is increasing, and risks Viriginia’s goal to restore the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. Virginia has well established water and conservation programs and policies, but in order to meet the pollution reduction goals laid out by the Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, we must invest in these proven-effective programs.

 Urge your representatives in the General Assembly to support:

  • $100 million per year for the Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program to help farmers install conservation practices and restore their local streams,

  • $180 million for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund to tackle polluted runoff and localized flooding in urban communities,

  • $120 million for wastewater treatment upgrades so that all waterways receive the same standard of protection, and

  • $20 million per year for Virginia’s Land Conservation Foundation to protect farms, forests, parks, and other natural areas for future generations.

 

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