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Arlington Among Chesapeake Bay Grant Recipients

by Katie Pyzyk | August 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm | 1,087 views | 7 Comments

Arlington is one of the communities receiving grant money for restoration and outreach initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed area.

Congressman Jim Moran (D) and County Board member Walter Tejada were on hand to accept Arlington’s portion of the $9.2 million in grants awarded by the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Arlington County was directly awarded $80,000 for its project to expand the “StormwaterWise Landscapes Program,” which provides incentives for private landowners to install innovative stormwater management projects on their properties. It’s projected to reduce the amount of pollution entering Four Mile Run, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay by cutting down on the polluted runoff from at least 80 residential yards, driveways and roofs.

“I applaud the EPA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for their diligent management of the Chesapeake Bay small watershed and nutrient and sediment removal grants,” Moran said. “One of our most cherished resources, the Chesapeake Bay has fallen victim to contamination from decades of development and agriculture runoff. These grants help build local community efforts to clean the Bay, leveraging resources, and providing new and innovative approaches to fully restore the Bay’s health.”

In addition to the project grant, the county is expected to benefit secondarily from grants awarded to organizations doing projects throughout Northern Virginia and the state. An example is the $500,000 grant awarded to Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Inc., which includes Falls Church in the communities it will target for stormwater incentive programs.

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  • Vincent Verweij

    Nice. We’re trying our best to uphold the Chesapeake Bay act’s requirements, from tree planting to stormwater retention and treatment. I just hope it matters in the large sea (puns!) of water sources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

  • Arlingtonian

    The Arlington County Board regularly approves new buildings that occupy more land than the previous ones. The Board and the County’s Parks Department routinely approve and implement paving projects for sidewalks, bike trails and many other things. All of these activities increase run-off of pollutants that wind up in the Chesapeake Bay.

    The County government has now obtained federal funds to improve the Chesapeake Bay’s environment. These taxpayer funds are literally a drop in the bucket when compared to tremendous damage to the Bay that the County government creates on a regular basis.

    • brown before green

      The County, and all jurisdictions, have active, extensive programs long-established and on-going to mitigate stormwater runoff from the built environment — whether the buildings and hardscapes are County-funded or privately funded. There are engineering structures being built into new construction to handle flows, green roofs, and shrinkage (!) of roadways through green islands to help this work. These are being enhanced each year. This grant helps that. Your knowledge of the topic is an inch deep and an inch square.

      • Arlingtonian

        When you add impermeable surfaces, you increase run-off. You can mitigate it all that you want, but the net result is additional pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. There is now way that you can stop all of the run-off from impermeable surfaces during large storms.

        The County’s water pollution mitigation measures are nothing more than a public relations smokescreen. This is a prime example of how government deceives the public. It is nothing more than propaganda and indoctrination. Sadly, some people (such as brown before green) believe this stuff.

        • Arlingtonian

          Correction: The third sentence in my message above should state: “There is no way that you can stop all of the run-off that you can stop all of the run-off from impermeable surfaces during large storms.” (not “now way”)

  • JnA

    Arlington is a drop in the bucket, we’re 70 miles from the Bay. McMansions are going up everywhere right on the shore of the Bay. Each with a big septic system and a docked boat or boats that leak oil, as all powered boats do.

  • Ted

    The population pressure is inexorable. Development is right on the Bay (Harve de Grace to Hampton) and on the Bay’s tributaries. Water quality? Marine ecosystem? Forget it. Entire Bay will be one big ‘dead zone’ in 30 years.

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