P>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $4,553,900 grant to help control pollution from storm water runoff throughout Virginia.
The EPA grant, which goes to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, will be combined with $3 million in state funds to support Virginias non-point source water pollution control program.
"EPA is pleased to continue supporting Virginias efforts to clean up waterways that have been polluted by storm water related runoff. This funding supports vital projects to protect and improve water quality for drinking water and recreational activities and to preserve the natural habitat, " said Donald S. Welsh, administrator for EPAs mid-Atlantic region.
Non-point source pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over or through the ground and carrying natural and human-made pollutants into lakes, streams, rivers and other water bodies. In Virginia, the major source of non-point source pollution is from agricultural activities. Some of the projects supported with the funding include:
* Implementing agricultural best management practices to reduce animal waste entering nearby water bodies.
* Planning and implementing specific watershed-based plans known as total maximum daily loads or TMDLs that are designed to control the discharge of specific pollutants into specific waterways.
* Developing comprehensive storm water plans that municipalities can use to control storm water runoff in their communities
* Funding nutrient management program personnel to help control nutrients.
Providing technical assistance for the ground water protection program by addressing non-point source pollution issues.