VA Gov. Ralph Northam wants to put more money into the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort than Virginia ever has in state history.

The governor’s proposed 2020 budget marks the beginning of a larger five-year plan to spend almost three-quarters of a billion dollars to improve water quality.

The Northam administration suggested increases for several Bay restoration efforts in 2020, including:

●$90 million for the state’s “agricultural best management practices cost-share program,” experts to help farmers, and programs dedicated to fight runoff

●$50 million for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, to reduce impervious surface pollution

●$11 million to support the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation and the governor’s conservation strategy

●$2.5 million for additional staffing at the Department of Environmental Equality

The increases would be part of a multi-year investment plan totaling nearly $775 million through 2024.

Read the full report from Chesapeake Bay Magazine.

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Governor Northam during the 30th Annual Clean the Bay Day. Photo: Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam.