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Grant-funded study to focus on town’s storm water runoff

by Tom Chillemi

Urbanna’s storm water runoff will be studied through a $45,000 grant awarded by the non-profit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, said Paula Jasinski of Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC), which is the grant’s applicant and recipient.

The Town of Urbanna and the Friends of the Rappahannock are the beneficiaries. Ecosystem Service of Charlottesville is slated to conduct a watershed study by April to identify drainage patterns and storm water outfall areas that can be improved, according to a project overview from CEC. Citizens will be contacted if access to their property is needed.

During data evaluation, areas will be prioritized based on benefits such as pollution reduction, habitat improvement and other criteria.

Potential solutions will suggest water quality Best Management Practices (BMP) to meet criteria of the Chesapeake Bay Program and Virginia Best Management Practices Clearinghouse. 

However, Urbanna is not required to fix problem areas, Jasinski told the town council on December 18. “There is absolutely no responsibility on your end to do anything about that [storm water runoff]. So you are not on the hook to do this,” she said.

“This will be a plan that other funders would like to see. Kilmarnock has leveraged this successfully to use this as a stepping stone to bring in additional funding to upgrade storm water treatment options,” noted Jasinski.

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posted 02.13.2018

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