Virginia Conservation Assistance Program

Update May 2020:

With many folks having more time at home over the past two months, Loudoun SWCD has gotten quite a few inquiries about the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP).  While we are still providing advice and guidance on putting together VCAP applications, the program is currently out of funds at the state level.

LSWCD is currently not conducting VCAP site visits due to the Covid-19 stay at home order, but will still be providing technical assistance via e-mail and phone and will be taking sign up in the case that funds again become available.  At this time the state budget is in a great deal of flux and we have not been given any guidance on when VCAP funds will become available again.

Please do not hesitate to contact Urban/Ag Conservationist Chris Van Vlack at chris.vanvlack@lswcd.org with any VCAP related questions, and (fingers crossed) we look forward to funding new projects again soon!

What is VCAP?

The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical/educational assistance to Loudoun County homeowners and businesses who install Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed to create more watershed-friendly landscapes.

Why do Loudoun County’s waters need improving?

Photo By EPA

Non-point source pollution (from roads, parking lots, sidewalks, homes, lawns and offices) 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. Common pollutants found in our waterways from stormwater runoff include fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, oil and greases, litter, pet waste, soil/sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, bacteria and heavy metals.   This can be harmful to aquatic life, cause detrimental algal blooms, and contaminate local waters used for drinking water, swimming, fishing and boating.  Loudoun County is part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  This means these pollutants in our local waterways eventually drain to the Chesapeake Bay.

Want to help make a difference?

Participation in the VCAP program can help you to restore problem areas in your yard or community by controlling and minimizing erosion, improving riparian buffer areas, promoting wildlife habitat, re-vegetating bare spots, stabilizing drainage ways and treating stormwater runoff.  Some of the methods we help you do this are to:

  • 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

Please contact Chris Van Vlack at chris.vanvlack@lswcd.org or (571) 918-4530, ext. 107 to find out how you can participate in this conservation program.

VCAP Resources

VCAP Brochure

VCAP Manual

VCAP Press Release

More VCAP info