Thursday, December 26, 2013

Richmond Stormwater Receives Two State Grants

The city's Stormwater Division received two grants from the state’s new Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, which were announced by Gov. Bob McDonnell on Dec. 20.

The Pocosham Creek Stream Restoration received $1,218,945 and the Maury Cemetery Stream Restoration received $451,894 in matching funds, for a total of $1,670,839.

Pocosham Creek runs through Belmont Woods and the Fawnbrook neighborhoods in the southwest area of the city. The stream restoration will reduce bank erosion. The Maury Cemetery stream is bound by Maury Street and N. Hopkins Road, and its restoration will reduce bank erosion, restore the natural habitat, and produce pollutant removal credits applicable to the city’s reduction requirements.

DPU Director Bob Steidel said, “We are grateful to the administration and DEQ for continuing to fund clean water projects in the City of Richmond. The two projects funded through the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund are part of the $12 million annual stormwater capital improvement plan to clean up storm water for the upcoming fiscal year and the funding assistance provided is much needed.”

In all, 31 Virginia localities received grants totaling $22.9 million for 71 projects to comply with new mandates. 

The funds are administered by the Department of Environmental Quality. 
This year’s winners were based on projects most cost effective to remove the highest levels of pounds of phosphorus, a key pollutant in stormwater. In the past four years, Virginia has reduced nitrogen pollution by 11.1 percent, phosphorus pollution by 7.7 percent, and sediment pollution by 6.9 percent.

Trash in Pocosham Creek, trees down, roots exposed

Bank erosion at Pocosham Creek

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fan District Lighting Project

The existing shoebox and cobra head streetlights are being removed from the Fan District and replaced with ornamental lights from The Boulevard east to Harrison Street and from Main north to Broad, but not including Boulevard, Harrison, Main and Broad.  The new lights will provide a warmer, whiter light and overhead wiring will be replaced with underground wiring.

The 2500-2700 blocks of W. Grace Street should be completed by the end of the year. The next phase will be on Mulberry from W. Grace to Stuart Avenue and is scheduled to begin late in January 2014. Installation of lights on the 2600-2700 blocks of Floyd is expected by the end of 2014.

The style of poles and fixtures were selected by a consultant, with input from the Fan District Association. Several styles of fixtures and lamps were pilot tested in May 2009 along the 2600 block of West Grace and the 700 block of Mulberry. The lights being installed are the same ones currently on the 2300-2400 blocks of West Grace.

Also, during the first quarter of 2014, the overhead shoebox and cobra head lights will be removed from the completed streets, starting at the 1100 block of W. Grace and continuing west.

The Department of Public Utilities does not anticipate any streetlighting disruptions during construction. Old lights are not removed until the new fixtures are connected and tested.

During construction, parking may be temporarily restricted.

Project Schedule:
400-700 N. Mulberry - Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2014
00-300 N. Mulberry - Feb. to May 2014
2600-2700 Floyd -- May to Aug. 2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Citizens Academy Stormwater Tour

Student Joseph A. Seidell and DPU Director Bob Steidell

Student Thomas Jone and Director Steidell

Student Melissa Page and Director Steidell

Student Eileen Scribner and Director Steidell
Director Steidell and student Barbara Gordon

Director Steidell and student Corinna Beale

Program Manager Darryl Rivers and Community Outreach Coordinator Gay Stokes talk about stormwater

Darryl Rivers

Boarding the trolley for the tour!

Trades Technician Horace Todd, who works with mosquito abatement, joined the tour

Streetlighting bucket trucks

Afton Avenue

This construction prevents stormwater from flooding the property.

Piping installed along Alaska Street prevent flooding by running rainwater along ditches to the creek

All the leaves in this ditch are going to cause the street to flood. Don't rake your leaves into the street or in storm drainage ditches.

Manhole at the base of a green alley that absorbs stormwater

The green alley near 5th Street downtown. The permeable pavers absorb stormwater.

Students examining the vegetated filter strips near 9th and Grace streets

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Citizens Academy at the Water Treatment Plant

DPU Director Bob Steidel addresses the class

Utility Plant Superintendent Ricky Hatfield provides an overview of the plant

Deputy Director Willie Horton (standing)

The section of the James River where the water goes into the Water Treatment Plant

An emergency HAZMAT washing station

Treated water under a safety net. Soon this section will be roofed in.

New holding tank for treated water