The Activities Committee at DEQ Valley Regional Office has been awarded a 30 in Thirty Grant of $750.00 in the Litter Prevention category. The Activities Committee has participated in river cleanup efforts with the DCR since 2000. Each June, volunteers arrive at Wildwood Park in Bridgewater for an all-day event where trash is collected from seven miles of river. Their efforts over the years have removed tires, appliances, vehicle parts, and other bulky debris. They have made a visible environmental difference, and plan to continue their efforts this year, using grant funds to pay for cleanup supplies, dumping fees, and a canoe to reach more floating litter.
Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification. Since 2011, we have provided over $178,000 to fund 230 environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partners at Altria and Keep America Beautiful.