Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: December 15, 2023
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Christian Martinez,

Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces Additional $500M Investment in Conservation

Investments include funding for Critical Flooding Infrastructure in the City of Norfolk and the City of Richmond Combined Sewer Overflow Project

RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin today announced over $500M in Virginia’s budget for additional conservation funding, furthering the administration’s commitment to Virginia’s natural resources. The funding will be dedicated to key conservation and stewardship programs to address water quality, flooding, parks, dam safety, land preservation, and habitat restoration. 

“As Virginians, we are blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of treasured natural resources. This investment delivers on my administration's steadfast commitment to ensure our natural resources are preserved for future Virginians to enjoy. We are prioritizing funding to further advance Chesapeake Bay goals, support vulnerable communities at risk of flooding, and bolster state parks,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. 

Since taking office, the Youngkin Administration has continued to engage with key stakeholders, including the agriculture communities and localities, and prioritized continuing water quality improvements, providing the necessary support for best management practices, and strengthening critical infrastructure. In response, the administration is directly addressing those concerns, and dedicating over $250 million of today’s announcement to address water quality improvements. These efforts will represent substantial progress towards meeting Virginia's Chesapeake Bay goals, but will have impacts throughout the Commonwealth.  

While Virginia’s coastal communities are most at risk, flooding affects the entire Commonwealth. This investment reflects the Administration’s commitment to protecting all citizens of the Commonwealth from flooding, with investments in the Community Flood Preparedness Fund and the further support of the Resilient Virginia Revolving Loan Fund that will support critical infrastructure to further protect those at risk.  

While directly targeting conservation and protection of our resources, this funding will play an indispensable role in catalyzing new job creation and fostering sustainable economic growth. While there is still more work to be done, funding these priority areas is a critical step to provide support to our beloved natural resources. 

“Governor Youngkin has consistently made promoting conservation and responsible stewardship a priority and that is reflected in these investments. We take seriously the responsibility to manage and promote our resources in a way that ensures they continue to flourish and are protected, while producing even more benefit for Virginia. We have committed to doing so in a transparent manner by listening to the needs of stakeholders and providing support in key targeted areas that will advance conservation across the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Travis Voyles.  

Key initiatives include: 


  • Over $200M for Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) implementation to work towards meeting the Commonwealth’s Chesapeake Bay water quality goals  


  • $50M for the City of Richmond to assist in upgrades to their combined sewer overflow control project  


  • $73.85M for the Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management Project that will assist the City in undertaking structural flood risk management measures 


  • $100M for the Community Flood Preparedness Fund that focuses on larger community scale flooding projects 


  • $25M for Resilient Virginia Revolving Loan Fund that focuses on providing loans for non-federal match and property scale projects 


  • $8.2M in critical operations and staffing funds for conservation and state park operations 


  • $6.1M for key dam safety infrastructure improvements  


  • $5M for the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund  


  • $3M to fuel the expansion of the Virginia Oyster Replenishment Program, catalyzing job creation and protecting Virginia’s oyster population  


  • $2M to allow for the propagation and restoration of critically endangered freshwater mussels 


  • $35M for key projects associated with Bristol Landfill remediation 

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