SB 1404 (Lewis) proposes a slight expansion of project eligibility for Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) projects. Specifically, the bill authorizes SLAF awarded for projects related to Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements to take into account total phosphorus reductions or total nitrogen reductions. Additionally, SB 1404 authorizes grants awarded for eligible projects in localities with high or above average fiscal stress (as reported by the Commission on Local Government) to account for more than 50 percent of the costs of a project.
SB 1404 was passed the full Senate on February 5 by a vote of 38-0. The bill will now be considered by the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee.
VACo supports SB 1404.
VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.