Reduce Pollution

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These practices don't just help us keep our streams cleaner; they help me be a more efficient farmer.

– Scott Buchanan, Triple B Farms

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, cities, and suburbs.

  • Support farmers who plant buffers, fence livestock from streams, and adopt other conservation practices that lead to cleaner waterways, improve farmers' bottom lines, and improve rural economies. Investment in these practices, through funding of the Virginia Agricultural Cost-Share Program,  is the most cost-efficient way to reduce pollution.
  • Assist localities in reducing polluted runoff from hard surfaces such as streets, parking lots, and driveways—the most challenging pollution source to control. Incentivize practices such as restoring streams and constructing wetlands. Investing in the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) provides localities 50/50 matching grants for these projects.
  • Develop and implement Virginia's next Watershed Implementation Plan, which describes how Virginia will reduce pollution from all major sources between now and the 2025 deadline.
  • Support existing clean-water programs and the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, which help to enhance water quality in local streams and the Bay.
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