Governor Northam Recommends Continued Grant Funding Investment in Alexandria’s Healthier Waterways Future
“It takes all hands to keep our waterways clean and AlexRenew appreciates the strong state and local partnerships keeping our program successful.”
AlexRenew has been included in Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed outgoing biennium budget to receive a $40 million grant to support its efforts in preventing millions of gallons of combined sewage from polluting Alexandria’s waterways. The funding is part of the Governor’s proposed $1 billion investment to restore the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia’s tidal tributaries.
“AlexRenew is grateful to Governor Northam and his administration for their continued support of our RiverRenew program, which remains committed to addressing pollution from Alexandria’s combined sewer system to meet the Chesapeake Bay’s clean water goals in 2025,” says AlexRenew General Manager Karen Pallansch. “It takes all hands to keep our waterways clean and AlexRenew appreciates the strong state and local partnerships keeping our program successful,” says Pallansch.
The grant will, in part, help offset the dramatic sewer rate increases needed to fund AlexRenew’s RiverRenew program, which is under its final phase of construction and scheduled for completion in July 2025. “We are currently constructing massive 12-story deep shafts at our wastewater plant and remain on-schedule to deliver this program in 2025,” says Pallansch. “The Governor’s recommended grant funding will help AlexRenew manage the short term impacts and balance our long-term debt needed to implement RiverRenew,’ says Pallansch.
“We have seen the need for clean and safe water in the last 22 months. Water does not know political boundaries.”
The Governor’s final two-year budget will be considered by the General Assembly when it convenes on January 12, 2022.
“We have seen the need for clean and safe water in the last 22 months. Water does not know political boundaries. The Commonwealth has been a key partner and we look forward to the General Assembly’s positive consideration of this grant in the Governor’s budget proposal,” says Pallansch.