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Albert J. McGhee Jr

Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Award Winners

Congratulations to Albert J. McGhee Jr. of Vivian Scott Richardson Sr. Memorial Farm as the recipient of the 2015 Virginia Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Award for the York River area nominated by the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District

As part of their recognition, they received a sign to post on their farm, as well as a certificate. The awards were handed out Dec. 7 at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Richmond.



Cooperative Nonpoint Source Programs With Localities

Caroline County. Dawn Decentralized Wastewater Treatment / Septic Connection. At least 152 individual septic systems will be replaced with a County owned and operated alternative wastewater system. The pumps at each individual structure being connected will transmit wastewater into a low-pressure collection system and then to a treatment facility. The final disposal of treated water is through a dispersal field designed for nutrient removal to less than 5 mg/l at the disposal field and 0 mg/l at the adjoining property line. This project will address over 12% of the York River Tributary Strategy septic connection goal. The project will benefit the fecal TMDL impairment to Reedy Creek. Estimated annual nitrogen reduced is 2700 pounds. $200,000 WQIF / $1,436,000 Match. Eldon James & Sue Rowland Presentation from November 1, 2007 Summit

James City County. Community Conservation Partnership Incentive Program. Thirty residential neighborhoods in James City County will be targeted for a pilot cost share program to implement urban BMPs prescribed in the James City County Input Deck for the James River & York River Tributary Strategies. A protocol will be developed for evaluating urban BMP cost effectiveness. The Colonial Soil & Water Conservation District will be a primary partner in the project and will be responsible for administering the cost share assistance applications and incentive payments to homeowner’s associations. Cost share funds will be awarded for up to 50% of the total eligible costs including engineering designs, consultant fees, construction materials, and labor. $150,000 WQIF / $150,000 Match. Brian Noyes Presentation from November 1, 2007 Summit

Town of Orange. Comprehensive Watershed Management Program for the Town of Orange. This long term project aims to prioritize the Town watersheds, establish a stormwater program with a dedicated funding source, develop a conservation-based master plan, create conservation based zoning and subdivision codes, inventory BMPs and illicit discharges, and construct the Miller Creek watershed stormwater facilities. Implementation activities in the first phase include reconstruction of the floodplain and stream banks in the immediate area below Spicer’s Mill Road. Estimated NPS reductions include 23,817 pounds of nitrogen, 4620 pounds phosphorus, and 4366 pounds of sediment. $142,000 WQIF / $142,000 Match.

Strategic Nonpoint Source Water Quality Initiatives

Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Sarah Creek Watershed Nonpoint Source Water Quality Partnership. A comprehensive watershed restoration and outreach project designed to education homeowners and landowners on techniques to reduce NPS pollution in Sarah Creek watershed will be implemented in partnership with Gloucester County, Tidewater SWCD, and the USDA NRCS. Erosion, nutrient, and fecal matter inputs to the impaired Sarah Creek will be reduced with cost share provided for the installation of 10 riparian buffer areas and for pumping of 175 septic systems. Using Bay model BMP efficiencies this project will remove 231 pounds of nitrogen and 38 pounds of phosphorus. $52,000 WQIF / $53,131 Match.

Middle Peninsula PDC. Middle Peninsula Regional On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Funding Program. Financial assistance will be offered in combination with loan funds for the repair of failing septic systems within the Middle Peninsula. This program offers an affordable repair solution to low- to moderate- income clients. Many repairs require secondary treatment and have an average $12,000 in repair costs. WQIF funding will be used for systems that remove more nitrogen than conventional systems. This project will contribute to addressing fecal coliform TMDL impairments to several streams in the Middle Peninsula. Between eight and fifteen systems will be repaired or replaced. $100,000 WQIF / $100,000 Match.




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