RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond City Council members have decided to continue a vote that will decide whether or not to accept a $635,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project, according to city councilman Parker Agelesto.
Supporters say the move is part of a $1.3 million plan to help reduce pollutants from going into the Chesapeake Bay, as well as improving water quality.
On the other hand, critics say the project has high risks, low benefits, and has to be maintained.
Bill Shanabruch, with the Reedy Creek Coalition is a former biologist with the Department of Environmental Quality.
“The proposed stream restoration site is immediately below one mile of concrete channel that concentrates all that storm water from Midlothian Turnpike, so the amount of storm water and the force of the storm water that would enter the project site really makes it a high risk,” he said.
“The thought that the city is somehow going to water the trees and keep invasives out is just really hard to believe,” he added.
If approved the city would have to come up with the remaining money to fund the project. The city has warned that there could be penalties with not moving forward with the project.
The vote for the project is now scheduled for Monday, Nov 14.