Virginia Conservation Assistance Program
You Can Make a Difference…
Why do Virginia’s waters need improving? Nonpoint source pollution is the leading cause of water quality problems. Rainfall or snowmelt from suburban lawns, golf courses, and paved surfaces picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and ground waters. Roads, parking lots, sidewalks, homes, and offices replace natural landscapes. Rainfall that once soaked into vegetated ground now becomes stormwater runoff, which flows directly into local waterways. As more natural landscapes are converted to impermeable surfaces or managed turf, stormwater moves across them, carrying pollutants such as sediment and nutrients to vulnerable streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Stormdrains you see on the street do not provide any sort of water filtration. Virginia’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeake Bay identifies that urban/suburban runoff is contributing to impairment and efforts to retro-actively address stormwater runoff from existing impervious surfaces is a priority. VCAP is an opportunity to help you do your part to improve water quality.
Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District can help you to implement VCAP practices that…
- Allow stormwater run-off to infiltrate through rain gardens and dry wells
- Remove impervious (paved or concrete) surfaces
- Install permeable pavement or pavers
- Convert turfgrass or areas of bare soil to native plantings
The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Qualified sites shall be used for residential, commercial, or recreational purposes with a proposed practice that addresses a need.