Watershed Improvement Projects: 2019

Each year VLAWMO directs public funds back to the community for innovative projects that improve our watershed. Projects such as raingardens, shoreline restorations, native slope plantings, and retention basins help to reduce the speed and volume of stormwater runoff. This is good for lakes and wetlands because slower and less runoff prevents excess nutrients, sediment, and other contaminants from washing off the landscape. With nutrients and sediment in the soil where it belongs, lakes and wetlands experience less algae and a more vibrant aquatic habitat. This is good news for fish, pollinators such as bees and butterflies, and recharging groundwater. 

The result is a beautified property and a healthier watershed. No project is too small! Even small raingardens can infiltrate thousands of gallons of water each year. As of June, 2019 VLAWMO cost-share funds have 60% of funding remaining. Click here to get started on an application and request an in-person home visit to discuss the needs and vision of your yard! 

Program levels include:

  • Level 1: 75% up to $2,000
  • Level 2: 75% up to $20,000 for large, public-exposure projects
  • Rainbarrel: 50% reimbursement, up to 2 rainbarrels/$125 each

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