Norfolk receives $1.5M in stormwater funding

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Norfolk received $1,548,476 from the Virginia Stormwater Local Assistance Fund for several projects throughout the city.

Governor Terry McAuliffe made the announcement Tuesday as part of $21.5 million in grants issued from the fund. Twenty-five Virginia cities, towns and counties are sharing the grant money to fund storm water pollution projects.

The following cities in Hampton Roads also received part of the $21.5 million grant:

  • Chesapeake $412,000
  • Hampton $201,500
  • Newport News $803,750

For a full list of the cities sharing the grant money, click here.

The grants are headed to 64 projects aimed at improving water quality. They achieve that goal by reducing levels of phosphorus, a key pollutant in storm water.

McAuliffe says the grants will support projects to reduce pollution in state waterways. Much of that pollution ends up in the Chesapeake Bay, which is amid a massive restoration.

The funding is administered by the Department of Environmental Quality. A total of $28 million is available to local governments as matching grants.

The DEQ will award the remaining $6.5 million in 2015.

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