Stormwater Local Assistance Fund and Clean Water in James City County

The state’s Stormwater Local Assistance Fund provides matching grants to localities for critical projects that reduce polluted runoff – the only major source of pollution that is increasing.

James City County has been a beneficiary of these matching funds for 16 projects since 2014 for a total of $3.411 million. In 2017, the commonwealth of Virginia allocated funding in the amount of $1,145,052 to support our community investment.

A past stormwater project, James Terrace Drainage, and Water Quality Improvements won the Chesapeake Stormwater Network 2017 Best Retrofit Best Urban BMP in the Bay Award.

There are six other stormwater projects currently in design or under construction through FY2020:

  • Cooley Road Stream Restorations ($222,500 - Jamestown District)
  • Oxford Road Stream Restoration ($154,863 - Berkeley District)
  • The Foxes Stream Restoration ($202,689 - Jamestown District)
  • Toano Drainage Improvements ($565,000 - Stonehouse District)
  • Woodland Farms Stream Restoration ($528,250 – Stonehouse District)
  • Jamestown Road Stream Restoration ($258,750 – Roberts District)

James City County's Board of Supervisors recently held a discussion on the county's legislative agenda with Sens. Norment and Monty Mason and Dels. Pogge and Mullin. As part of its legislative agenda, the board approved support for the stormwater program. However, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget for 2019 and 2020, does not support this funding.

During the upcoming General Assembly session, we urge our James City County legislative representatives to ensure strong state support for clean water by including Stormwater Local Assistance Fund monies in the 2019 and 2020 budget.

Frank Polster

Williamsburg

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