Virginia General Assembly funds help for water quality

If you like rock hopping and swimming in downtown Richmond; finding more, not less, largemouth bass in the tidal James; eating fresh, fried oysters and crabcakes; watching herons and ospreys hunt and seeing increasing flocks of ducks and geese, there was very good news in the budget that passed the General Assembly late last month and now awaits the governor’s attention.

According to Bill Street, CEO of the James River Association, a local advocacy group, the three most significant sources of pollution in the James River watershed are runoff from farms, stormwater that enters waterways untreated and treatment plants that can’t remove as enough nitrogen and phosphorous.

The new budget includes nearly $250 million toward addressing those pollution sources. That’s a huge number, Street said, that shows the state’s commitment to cleaner water and makes good on the promises outlined in its 2010 Watershed Implementation Plan.
“This isn’t just nibbling around the edges, this is really moving Virginia forward,” he said.

Read the full article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.