Legislation introduced by Delegate David Bulova seeking to make several tweaks to the Water Quality Improvement Fund (WQIF) and the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) has unanimously passed the House.
HB 1822 (Bulova) broadens the applicability of WQIF grants as well as enacts new reporting requirements for WQIF and SLAF needs. More specifically, the bill allows the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to authorize WQIF grants for the design and installation of certain wastewater conveyance infrastructure and also directs the DEQ to consult with stakeholders annually to estimate the amount of grant funding that local governments will request during the upcoming year from WQIF and SLAF and to submit those estimates to the Governor as part of a biennial funding report and an annual progress report that are required by current law.
VACo was pleased to support HB 1822 and will continue to do so in the Senate.
VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.