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DEQ Awards $20 Million for Stormwater Enhancements

April 15, 2019

Contact: Greg Bilyeu
(804) 698-4107

Fifteen localities receive funds for 24 projects across the state

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has awarded 15 localities across the commonwealth with $20 million from this year’s Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). The SLAF program, managed by DEQ, provides matching grants to localities for improvement projects that implement cost-effective best management practices. This year’s awards will support 24 projects that will reduce water pollution across the state.

The grants represent the fifth round of SLAF funding, created by the Virginia General Assembly in 2013. This year’s applications were evaluated and ranked in priority. This year, DEQ received a total of 59 applications from 34 localities for projects totaling more than $39 million. Funding for this round ranges from $82,000 to a maximum of $4 million. To date, more than $80 million in SLAF funding has been awarded to support 193 stormwater improvement projects across the commonwealth.

“This stormwater funding is vital to assist our partners in local government to improve their streams and the health of the Chesapeake Bay,” said Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler. “As the Commonwealth prepared its new plan for a cleaner Chesapeake Bay, the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, we heard clearly from local governments that this funding support is essential to meeting our comprehensive goals.” 

 “Under heavy rainfall many conventional stormwater drainage systems may be overwhelmed

and route runoff to streams and rivers,” said DEQ Director David Paylor. “This increases pollution and results in degradation over time. SLAF funding provides matching grants to help communities install effective and efficient pollution-control measures such as stream restorations, constructed wetlands and methods to filter rainwater before it washes pollution into waterways.”

Localities receiving funding include:

Locality Project Funding
Albemarle County Rio Hills Level I Wetland Retrofit $82,000
Alexandria Strawberry Run Stream Restoration $800,000
Alexandria Taylor Run Stream Restoration $2,255,000
Charlottesville Meadow Creek Stream Restoration $398,160
Charlottesville Unnamed Tributary of Rivanna River Stream Restoration $126,187
Charlottesville Unnamed Tributary of Schenk's Branch Stream Restoration $267,800
Chesterfield County Falling Creek Reservoir Restoration $4,000,000
Fairfax County Difficult Run Tributary at Brittenford Drive Stream Restoration $2,198,605
Fairfax County Turkey Run at Truro Stream Restoration $1,801,395
Hanover County Covenant Woods and Rose Hill Wet Pond I Retrofit $413,080
Harrisonburg Mountain View Drive Stream Restoration $654,172
Henrico County Bretton Woods Stream Restoration $370,980
Henrico County Henrico Water Reclamation Facility Stream Restoration $766,153
Henrico County Old Nine Mile Road Landfill Stream Restoration $512,003
Henrico County Quarter Mill Apartments Stream Restoration $515,725
Henrico County Virginia Home for Boys and Girls Stream Restoration $343,730
Hopewell City Point Road Stream Restoration $91,500
Hopewell Hopewell H.S. - Mathis Park Stream Restoration $265,000
Newport News Harwood's Mill Reservoir Tributary $263,402
Prince George County Birchett Estates - Reach 1 Stream Restoration $655,109
Prince William County Powell's Creek Stream Restoration (Phase 2) $1,800,000
Roanoke County Wolf Creek at Goode Park  Stream Restoration (Phase 1) $300,000
Stafford County St. Clair Brooks Park Stream Restoration $99,999
Vienna Bear Branch - South Side Park Stream Restoration $1,020,000

For more information about DEQ’s stormwater program visit


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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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