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VCU receives grant to study runoff

The study is supported by a $59,773 Environmental Protection Agency grant.

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Every rainstorm our gutters and parking lots turn in concrete funnels. The water is channeled of our properties and for the most part sent directly into the James River.

The benefit is safe conditions for moving around our city. The negative is that an important step is skipped.

From VCU News:

“Urban runoff pollution happens where there’s a large rain event,” said Jennifer Ciminelli, research and data coordinator for the Center for Environmental Studies and Rice Rivers Center. “Because this area is so impervious, no water is penetrating through the ground and filtering through the natural processes.”

To address water runoff pollution, VCU’s Center for Environmental Studies will partner with Armstrong High School students on a high-tech project to map an area spanning the Monroe Park and MCV campuses and neighborhoods in between, and develop a green infrastructure plan. The study is supported by a $59,773 Environmental Protection Agency grant.

VCU is the only awardee in Virginia, and one of only 22 nationwide. Greg Garman, Ph.D., director of the center, is principal investigator and Ciminelli is co-PI.

The project will partner with VCU’s Office of Sustainability, Rice Rivers Center and Division of Community Engagement. The neighborhood associations of Carver, Jackson Ward and Monroe Ward, and the Richmond Department of Public Utilities and Richmond Public Arts Commission, will provide support.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation compares our normal city runoff to a gray funnel.

Source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Source: Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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The weather hasn’t been kind to this year’s Movies in the park hopefully we’ll luck out.

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This Friday night Richmond VA Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities is showing Ghostbusters (the original Bill Murray classic) at Forest Hill Park. Bring your blanket, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The movie starts when it’s dark enough.

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The ATM onsite will remain operational for 18 months following the closure. Bank of America owns the Forest Hill property. It did not say what it will do with the real estate going forward.

The bank said the closure is part of its continued efforts to monitor the performance of its retail branches as mobile and online banking become more prevalent and to close those that are seeing a decline in foot traffic.

The building will be closed in September.

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