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Virginia’s Governor Proposes Funding for Water Quality Improvements

Yesterday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced funding in the upcoming biennial budget to support water quality imrpovement projects including Chesapeake Bay restoration, pollution reduction efforts, stormwater grants and other targeted environmental projects. Speaking about the budget proposals, Governor McDonnell said, "As the Chesapeake Bay restoration program celebrates its 30th anniversary, improving the health of the Bay has been one of our most important environmental priorities. The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and an ecological wonder.  Over the past 30 years, the Chesapeake Bay Partnership has made immense progress in reducing nutrient pollution flows into the Chesapeake Bay.  As Virginians, we are committed to ensuring a clean and vibrant Chesapeake Bay for future generations to cherish." The introduced budget allocates over $31 million from the FY2013 budget surplus, to the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF.) The budget also authorizes an additional $20.0 million of bonds through the Virginia Public Building Authority in FY...

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How Does NYC Plan to Address Its Stormwater Improvement Program?

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but the program that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced an agreement on an enforcement Order to improve the overall water quality in New York Harbor waters amounts to the City's investment of approximately $187 million over the next three years and an estimated $2.4 billion of public and private funding over the next 18 years! Through this program of Green and Grey Infrastructure, NYC expects to see savings of $1.4 Billion from Grey Infrastructure Substitution Projects and an additional $2 Billion in Deferred Costs. The City's modified Consent Order will allow the CIty to implement a green infrastructure adaptive management approach to address it combined sewer overflow problem as well as other water quality improvements throughout the City. Councilman James F. Gennaro, who wrote a letter to the DEC in support...

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