The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMP’s) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed.These practices can be installed in areas of your yard where problems like erosion, poor drainage, or poor vegetation occur. Qualified sites shall be used for residential, commercial, or recreational purposes with a proposed practice that addresses a need.
Why do Virginia’s waters need improving? Nonpoint source pollution 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.Roads, parking lots, sidewalks, homes, and offices replace natural landscapes.
Rainfall that once soaked into vegetated ground now becomes stormwater runoff, which flows directly into local waterways.As more natural landscapes are converted to impermeable surfaces or managed turf, stormwater moves across them, carrying pollutants such as sediment and nutrients to vulnerable streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
Stormdrains you see on the street do not provide any sort of water filtration. Virginia’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the Chesapeake Bay identifies that urban/suburban runoff is contributing to impairment and efforts to retro-actively address stormwater runoff from existing impervious surfaces is a priority. VCAP is an opportunity to help you do your part to improve water quality.
The VASWCD Scout Patch Program is open to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to further their interest and education in conservation topics.
Currently four patches and relevant curriculum are available.
For more information about the VASWCD Patch Program , please check out the program and pathces at Scout Patch Program .
Contact Sheila Jaruseski at 757-645-4895 or Sheila.Jaruseski@colonialswcd.net, for further information or inquiries.
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation:
Virginia Agricultural Cost Share program:
Virginia Conservation Assistance Program:
National Association of Conservation Districts:
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality(DEQ):
LOCALITIES WE SERVE:
City of Williamsburg:
Charles City County:
James City County:
New Kent County:
Charles Hill Carter, III (Chm.), Charles City County
Tim B. Beale (V.Chm), York County
Robert E. Lund, Jr. (Sec.), James City County
Charles H. Evelyn, III (Tr.), New Kent County
Fred Browning, Charles City County
Norman Hofmeyer, Charles City County
Robert Jeremiah, New Kent County
Charlie Morse, City of Williamsburg
Edward T. Overton, Jr., James City County
William Karaktin, York County
Dick Phillips, City of Williamsburg
Jim Wallace, District Manager
Sheila Jaruseski, Office Coordinator
Robyn Goad, Urban Ag Ed Specialist
Tom Dunlap, Conservation Specialist
Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of the Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act:The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.
To request records from our District, direct your request to the FOIA Officer, Sheila Jaruseski. She can be reached at P.O. Box 695, Norge, VA 23127, phone 757-645-4895, email firstname.lastname@example.org