Our friends at the JRA recently released a mid-session report on how their river-focused priorities are faring at the General Assembly. These range from fencing cattle out of streams to managing menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay to regulating above-ground storage tanks.
They have a separate breakout for Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed budget and the House and Senate appropriations committees’ suggested changes to that budget. “As you may recall, Governor Northam proposed record-setting funding for Virginia’s natural resources,” the JRA writes. “While the General Assembly has pared this funding back, we remain hopeful that clean water programs will get a much-needed boost in 2021.”
Specifically, they address where things stand on helping farmers protect their local streams, tackling stormwater challenges, and upgrading wastewater treatment plants on the James River.
There’s a lot to dig into in the piece. Click here to get educated about these issues…