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 annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The poster contest theme follows the annual NACD Stewardship theme.
Posters are due to Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District by October 18, 2017. Contact Sheila Jaruseski at 757-645-4895, for additional information or questions.
District winners will advance to the state level. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting. Any Girl Scout or Boy Scout who creates a poster and submits it to the Colonial SWCD for judging can earn the VASWCD Poster Contest Patch. When submitting a poster to earn the Poster Contest Patch, be sure to check the box on the entry form. For more information about the VASWCD Poster Contest Patch check out our click on the patch or check out our Scout Patch Program .
This year's poster contest theme is "Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!". Please see www.vaswcd.org for additional resources.
Posters are due to Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District on October 18, 2017. Contact Sheila Jaruseski at 757-645-4895 or or send your posters to Sheila.Jaruseski@colonialswcd.net
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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
Tom Dunlap, Conservation Specialist