McEachin Announces $1.2 M in Grant Funding for the 4th Congressional District

September 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin announced that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded the City of Hopewell $451,000 and awarded $750,000 to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund will support the Riverside Park Stormwater Greenway project in Hopewell. Congressman McEachin wrote a letter of support for this grant and called Joe Battiata and Charlie Dane, respectively the Stormwater Program Manager and Assistant City Manager of Hopewell, to congratulate them on the grant.

“The Riverside Park Stormwater Greenway project in Hopewell will help keep our water clean by reducing harmful pollutants in the Appomattox and James rivers as well as our treasured Chesapeake Bay. Improving water quality in the Bay remains a top priority for public health, now and for future generations,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “I proudly submitted my letter of support for the grant awarded to the City of Hopewell, and I look forward to writing additional letters to help other localities in the district.”

The project will significantly reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment in the Appomattox River, James River, and Chesapeake Bay by integrating innovative stormwater management practices into public greenways. The project is already underway and includes stream restoration, wetland enhancements and expansions, and green infrastructure strategies, as well as recreational and educational opportunities.

The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts received an Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant in the amount of $750,000 to advance a financial cost-share and technical assistance program for voluntary installation of stormwater best management practices that address water quality concerns. These funds will only be available in Virginia conservation districts wholly or partially in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed where no other cost-share program is available.

Those who would like to request letters in support of a grant application can contact Rep. McEachin’s office at 202-225-6365.

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Contact: Jamitress Bowden
(202) 306-0546