Youngkin announces $500 million in conservation funding

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced over $500 million in conservation funding on Friday.

This will be used to address water quality, flooding, land preservation, habitat restoration and more.

Over $250 million will be dedicated specifically for water quality and infrastructure related projects.

In the announcement, he highlights that while coastal communities are the most at risk, flooding affects the entire Commonwealth.

Some of the key initiatives include:

  • over $200 million for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) implementation to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay
  • $100 million to focus on larger community scale flooding projects
  • $8.2 million in critical operations and staffing funds for conservation and state park operations
  • $5 million to the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund

A full list of the projects funded is available here.

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$1.3 million in funding allocated to Virginia’s battlefields

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced on Friday that more than $1.3 million in grant funding will be allocated to protect over 200 acres of historic battlefield land throughout the Commonwealth.

Eight projects will receive funding this year through the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund.

The battlefields were selected based on rankings from Congress’s Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields and with consideration to their proximity to already protected lands, the threat of development, and potential for education, research, recreation or tourism.

Some of the projects include the installation of new signage, development of educational tours, and increasing accessibility.

Preservation of battlefields also protects agricultural properties, water quality, wildlife habitats, and provides recreational spaces in urban areas.

You can visit one of our local battlefields this weekend during the 159th reenactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown.

For more information on the grants distributed by the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund, click here.

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