September 12, 2005
A Stormwater Retrofit at the Providence Supervisor's
past spring my office was the recipient of a grant from
the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
(also referred to as the DCR Grant). The purpose of
attaining this grant was to complete a highly visible
low impact development/best management practice retrofit
project in the parking area shared by Fire Station 30
and my office.
project utilized low impact development techniques to
uphold many of the environmental standards as delineated
in the Board's 20- Year Environmental Vision Plan. The
purpose of the project was to create a working model
for residents and county staff to duplicate, partly
or wholly, and recreate environmentally friendly designs
of their own. Runoff from impervious surfaces and neighborhood
yards has a major impact on water and stream quality
in our communities. Small and steady contributions from
each citizen can ultimately have an enormous positive
impact on the stability of the environment and positively
impact our watersheds.
this summer, that small and steady contribution started
in 'my backyard.' The project team has been very busy
retrofitting the project site with a green roof, retention
rain garden and permeable pavers. This project has a
tremendous potential to profoundly impact our communities
through its educational and practical components.
would like to take this opportunity to ask the Board
for unanimous support for recognizing the commitment
and dedication of the project team and share a presentation
of this project at the Board's October 17, 2005 meeting.