Since becoming Mayor of the City of Richmond in 2017, Levar Stoney and his administration have been committed to improving the health of the James River by funding projects that properly manage stormwater and wastewater. The City of Richmond, Virginia Proposed Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Years 2021 – 2025, presented to City Council by Mayor Stoney on March 6, is a continuation of his commitment. His proposed budget includes almost $70 million for projects that will contribute to a healthier James River.
The James River Association strongly encourages Richmond’s City Council to maintain funding for the following projects included in the proposed Capital Improvement Plan.
$49,502,000 for Combined Sewer Overflows
$11,976,000 for Stormwater Facilities Improvements
$7,681,500 for Wastewater Treatment
No funding for the Richmond Riverfront Plan? While the proposed Capital Improvement Plan funds projects that will improve the health of the James River, it does not include funding to advance implementation of the Richmond Riverfront Plan or the recently adopted James River Park System Master Plan. Both plans include recommendations to make the James River and public spaces on its banks more accessible to Richmonders. Planned projects like a new park at East Riverfront (Lehigh) and Missing Link need funding to support design and construction. The James River Association will continue to urge Mayor Stoney and City Council to add funding for both plans.