2018 General Assembly
We are on the way to fulfilling this vision of clear, clean, thriving waterways and prospering communities through the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the federal-state partnership to reduce pollution to our waterways. But leadership and action at the state level is critical to getting the job done.
Virginia's 2018 General Assembly begins January 10. Our legislators must ensure Virginia stays on track to restoring its waters. Clean water priorities include:
- Helping localities reduce polluted runoff with an annual $50 million investment in the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.
- Supporting farmer efforts in putting conservation practices on the ground by investing $62 million annually in Virginia's agricultural cost-share program.
- Annually investing $3.5 million in oyster replenishment to assist watermen and an additional $500 thousand for ecological oyster reef restoration.
- Adopting updated menhaden management rules developed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to ensure a healthy and sustainable fishery.
CBF looks forward to working with Governor Ralph Northam and state legislators to ensure the success of the Commonwealth's clean water goals. We will continue to update this site as legislation and priorities develop during the General Assembly session.
More information on the policies needed to reduce pollution, restore our iconic fisheries, and strengthen local communities is available below.
Fortunately, Virginia is largely on track to achieve its Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint goals for reducing pollution. Moving forward, the Commonwealth needs to continue investing in programs that reduce runoff from agriculture and developed communities.
The recovery of oysters, crabs, and other Bay fisheries will support Virginia's once-legendary seafood industry and the thousands of jobs that rely on it. To flourish, these fisheries need clean water, healthy habitat, and sound, science-based management.
Virginia's rivers and the Bay are economic assets supplying jobs in tourism, seafood, and outdoor recreation industries. Fully implementing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint would increase the value of Virginia's natural benefits by $8.3 billion annually.
* Poll conducted by the Wason Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Environmental Endowment. The poll focused on environmental attitudes, concerns, and policy preferences. It is based upon interviews of 826 registered Virginia voters conducted between January 29 and February 12, 2017, including 382 landline interviews and 443 cell phone interviews. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.7% at the 95% level of confidence.
Photo credits (from top): Bobby Whitescarver, Chesapeake Bay Program, CBF Staff