(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Rebecca LePrell released the following statement after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's Dec. 17 budget rollout.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation thanks Governor McAuliffe for including $61.7 million in his proposed budget for Virginia's agricultural cost-share program, a key move to help farmers reduce pollution entering waterways. Farmers have been eager to participate in this program, which is one of the most cost-effective ways the Commonwealth can improve the health of our rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
"The Governor is also proposing to invest $59 million in upgrading Virginia's sewage treatment plants, another important measure to curb pollution in the Commonwealth's waters. Steps like these will help Virginia stay on track to meet its water quality goals under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
"We look forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly to ensure support for these critical efforts, and will continue to advocate for programs that help local communities reduce polluted runoff from stormwater."