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.
But the future of this program is at risk. In the existing budget, the General Assembly appropriated $20 million for fiscal year 2019, but nothing for fiscal year 2020. We urge legislators to invest $50 million in SLAF this General Assembly session.
February 15, 2018
Mill Dam Creek in suburban Virginia Beach is being revitalized, which will result in a healthier Lynnhaven River.
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.
December 15, 2016
Recently, part of Waynesboro's Jefferson Park neighborhood has undergone a pretty amazing transformation.
October 5, 2016
The three houses probably should never have been built on the low swampy ground in the James Terrace neighborhood in Williamsburg.
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.