Stormwater runoff is rainfall that flows over the ground surface such as: sidewalks, rooftops of homes or businesses, roadways, parking lots, and managed turf. Stormwater runoff is more frequent in urban areas due to the replacement of more natural, once-vegetated landscapes with impermeable surfaces, areas where water no longer has the ability to absorb into the ground. This runoff causes more frequent flooding of streams and roadways, which yields water that carries many substances that pollute and impair the vulnerable streams of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides technical and educational assistance to property owners who wish to voluntarily install eligible stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP’s). The purpose of VCAP is to address natural resource concerns in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and to address meeting Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) goals. “Urban” may describe localities that 1) must meet Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit requirements or 2) have no other cost-share program assistance available. VCAP implementation is available to both homeowners and businesses. Popular eligible VCAP practices include: Conservation Landscaping, Rainwater Harvesting, Rain Gardens, and Green Roofs. To obtain a full list of eligible VCAP practices please visit http://vaswcd.org/vcap.
If you would like further information or are interested in implementing a VCAP project in Augusta County, City of Staunton, or City of Waynesboro (or would like further information on eligibility requirements and specifications), please contact Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District (HSWCD) by phone (540)-248-0148 or email email@example.com