The Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF) provides matching grants to help localities install efficient and effective pollution-control measures. Practices such as stream restorations, constructed wetlands, and permeable pavement hold, absorb, or filter rainwater before it washes pollution into waterways. These projects also reduce flooding and beautify neighborhoods.
SLAF is already making a big difference on the ground. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has awarded grants to 175 projects in 49 localities since the program began in 2014. The result? Over 14,000 pounds of phosphorus kept out of local waterways each year as of 2016.
Community, Wildlife, and Clean Water at Mulberry Run Wetlands
September 27, 2019
From boggy and grassy to teaming with plants and wildlife, the manmade wetland in Waynesboro, VA is bringing new joy and less flooding to the Jefferson Park Neighborhood.
Slowing the Flow: A Revitalized Creek Leads to a Cleaner Lynnhaven River
February 15, 2018
Mill Dam Creek in suburban Virginia Beach is being revitalized, which will result in a healthier Lynnhaven River.
Slowing the Flow: Miles of Streams Renewed in Fairfax County
January 17, 2017
Given that more than one million people call Fairfax County home, there are plenty of homes, roads, and parking lots in this suburban Northern Virginia county.
Slowing the Flow: Fixing Flooding with Gardens and Wetlands
October 5, 2016
The three houses probably should never have been built on the low swampy ground in the James Terrace neighborhood in Williamsburg.
Slowing the Flow: A Pioneering Parking Lot
September 7, 2016
A parking lot isn't usually something to get excited about. But believe it or not, the Ashland Police Department's new lot is pretty innovative when it comes to fighting pollution.