(RICHMOND, VA)—CBF Virginia Executive Director Rebecca Tomazin issued the following statement on livestock stream fencing proposals in the draft update to Virginia’s Clean Water Blueprint, also known as the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan.
“This draft update to Virginia’s Blueprint proposes doing more to accelerate livestock stream fencing than any state plan we’ve ever seen in Virginia. It’s critical that the final version of this plan remains very strong.
“Virginia’s Blueprint calls for ‘substantial’ funding incentives for farmers to install fencing, additional program flexibility, and for the first time a deadline for fencing livestock from 100% of perennial streams. CBF expects that when the plan is finalized, the fencing deadline will assure full compliance by 2025.
“Years of on-the-ground experience have gone into creating this actionable proposal to greatly accelerate stream fencing in Virginia and meet goals for restoring our rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay.”