CWSRF Loan Helps Save Historic Land Bridge

March 13, 2014

EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs provide funding for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.  This week’s success spotlight shines on Rockbridge County, Virginia. Using a $9.1 million CWSRF loan, a historic natural land bridge located in Rockbridge County was preserved as part of a larger land conservation project. 

The CWSRF loan helped close the funding gap for the conservation easement, without which the private property could have been sold making the forest available for residential and commercial development.  The private property, previously owned by Thomas Jefferson and valued at approximately $21 million, will now be preserved as part of Virginia’s state parks system.  Natural Bridge and the surrounding property are located in the James River watershed, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.  The conservation effort will help prevent nutrients from reaching the Bay. More information on the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund Land Conservation Loan Program. Learn more.

Source: US EPA

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