EPA approves plan to improve water quality in Virginia

Published: Oct. 2, 2019 at 11:17 AM EDT
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On October 2, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that is has approved Virginia's $100 million plan to implement important water infrastructure projects.

The plan is composed of a $32.5 million grant from the EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), $6.5 million in state matching funds, repayments from past CWSRF loans and interest earnings.

“The revolving fund program is essential to providing all Americans the clean and safe water they deserve,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “EPA is proud to support Virginia’s plan and remains committed to helping communities with infrastructure improvements that protect their water resources."

Some of the projects being funded are focused on upgrading wastewater treatments plants. The city of Covington will receive funds for a new storage tank and equipment that will help the plant during wet weather, so that there is no overflow.

The town of Tazewell will use funds to rehabilitate one of its wastewater treatment plants, and $37.5 million will go to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Sewer Authority to make upgrades to its system.

Other funds will go toward protecting waterways and other habitats. According to the EPA, the Nature Conservancy will receive $20.1 million to purchase a conservation easement in the Clinch River Watershed, which will help to protect forests, streams and rivers and other habitats.

Additionally, James City County will receive funds for a shoreline stabilization project at Chickahominy Waterfront Park and James City County Marina, which will help to improve waterway quality and counter riverbank erosion.

To view more information on CWSRF projects, visit Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality

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