Chesapeake Conservancy Applauds Environmental Aspects of Virginia Governor’s Proposed Budget
Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn issued this statement following Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s release of his Budget Amendments for the 2018-2020 Biennium to the Joint Money Committees, which proposes an increase in funding for the Virginia Land Conservation Fund (VLCF) by $11 million and dedicates $50 million in fiscal year 2020 to the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, which will allow Virginia to be on track to meet cleanup and TMDL targets by 2022. The Governor’s proposed budget also seeks $2.5 million to return staff to previous levels at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which will allow for proper regulatory oversight of natural resources throughout the State.
“Chesapeake Conservancy would like to thank Governor Northam for demonstrating his commitment to land conservation and natural resources in the Commonwealth. This increase in support shows the commitment to ensuring our natural resources are preserved for the benefit of people and the environment, safeguarding opportunities for recreation, tourism, and ecosystem services that contribute to community health and wellbeing.
“The Virginia Land Conservation Fund is a critical tool in ensuring a bright future for the Commonwealth. The 2018-2020 Budget Amendments to increase these funds by $11 million are a testament to Governor Northam’s commitment to helping secure outcomes that provide benefits far into the future.
“The Budget Amendment to dedicate $50 million to the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund and increase funding for Department of Environmental Quality by $2.5 million to address meeting the Chesapeake Bay targets by 2020.
“We thank Governor Northam’s demonstrated commitment to protecting and improving Virginia’s Natural Resources will be a high mark on his legacy in office.”
Chesapeake Conservancy’s mission is to conserve and restore the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. We empower the conservation community with access to the latest data and technology. As principal partner for the National Park Service on the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, we helped create 153 new public access sites and permanently protect some of the Bay’s special places like Werowocomoco, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, and Fort Monroe National Monument.