VACo is participating with a coalition urging Governor Terry McAuliffe to include adequate funding to support local efforts to improve water quality. Specifically VACo, along with coalition members, has requested that the Governor include at least $50 million for FY 2016 to continue improvements to urban stormwater systems through the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, which was created by the General Assembly in 2013.
VACo is also requesting continued financial support for the Agricultural Cost Share Program to help farmers utilize certain best management practices to reduce pollution from agricultural runoff.
The request for financial support was made through a joint letter sent to the Governor on October 29. In addition to VACo, other organizations signing on to the letter were the Virginia Municipal League, the Virginia Association of Municipal Stormwater Agencies, the Virginia Association of Municipal Wastewater Agencies, the Homebuilders Association of Virginia, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Virginia First Cities, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the James River Association, Virginia Forever and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
VACo Contact: Larry Land