Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP)

  --  Charlottesville Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP)  --

Residents in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson, and Louisa County and Charlottesville City* - Download APPLICATION**

VCAP provides financial incentives for non-agricultural, retrofit, best management practices District-wide. Applications are currently being accepted from property owners in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Fluvanna County, Nelson County, and Louisa County.

The District, in partnership with four other Districts, initiated a "Conservation Assistance Program" to assist non-agricultural landowners to reduce their stormwater footprint and improve water quality. Funding is always changing so please contact the District if you are interested in any of the practices listed below.

1. Pet Waste Stations (PWS)
2. Impervious Surface Removal (ISR)
3. Turf Conversion to Native Plants (TCN)
4. Rain Gardens (RG)
5. Bioretention (BR)
6. Rainwater Harvesting (RH)
7. Vegetated Stormwater Conveyances (VSC)
8. Constructed Wetlands (CW)
9. Permeable Pavement (PP)                                                                                                       10. Green Roof (GR)


*If you live in Charlottesville City, please visit our Charlottesville Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) page! Contact Nicola McGoff at (434) 975-0224, Ext. 103, if you have any questions.

Click here for the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program Implementation and Design Manual.

1. Pet Waste Stations

Pet waste naturally contains bacteria that can be harmful to human health and is also rich in nutrients. When pet waste is washed off the land surface into our local storm drains and streams it can cause algae blooms and bacterial contamination of the creeks. Installing pet waste stations in your neighborhood can greatly improve the cleanliness of the neighborhood and also the local streams.

This urban practice is for use in common areas of a neighborhood only, not an individual homeowners back yard. Typically pet waste stations consist of a metal pole with a sign post to explain the pet waste station, a waste bag dispenser, and oftentimes a 10 gallon waste receptacle. The cost share payment for this practice is 75% payment of the cost incurred up to $400 per application.

2. Impervious Surface Removal

Removing your impervious surface has an immediate imact on stormwater runoff. This BMP is funded at $2.50 per square foot removed.

3. Turf Conversion to Native Plants (TCN)

This practice encompasses the conversion of turf grass areas to native planted areas – herbaceous and woody species. Changing landscape practices collectively in a community, can have significant beneficial impacts on local water quality, and that of the Chesapeake Bay.     

The incentive payment rate has three levels of application:
(1) MEADOW: herbaceous native plants in meadow setting, $75 per 1,000 square feet;
(2) FOREST: no-mow-zone forested landscape, using sapling trees, tree tubes, and a ten foot spacing, $75 per 1,000 square feet
(3) LANDSCAPING: landscaped woody bed setting, $250 per 1,000 square feet.

Click here to download an interactive PDF file of suggested plant resources!

4. Rain Gardens

This urban practice is intended for the individual homeowner or public spaces, and is for small rain garden installation with a drainage area of 0.5 acres or less. The practice is eligible for 75% cost share up to $1850 per application, and must be maintained for 10 years. Please complete an application form including square footage of the rain garden, the drainage area, proposed planting plans, overflow drainage, and the site location.

Heritage Harvest Festival Rain Garden Handout

Rain Gardens Technical Guide is a publication by the Virginia Department of Forestry which goes step-by-step through how to create your own rain garden.

Rain Garden Plant Selection Brochure

5. Bioretention

This BMP is similar to rain gardens but larger and must contain an underdrain system. The funding is 75% cost share up to a maximum oayment of $10,000.

6. Rain Water Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting rainwater from rooftops and storing it for later use. For more information on rain water harvesting please go to our rain water harvesting webpage. This urban practice is intended for the installation of cisterns 250+ gallons with a payment of $2.00 per gallon. To receive cost share, the installation plans must be certified by an engineer. Please complete an application form, including volume of the cistern, location for installation, and site constraints.

-TJSWCD Rooftop Runoff Brochure

-Rooftop Runoff Manual

7. Vegetated Stormwater Conveyances

Vegetated stormwater conveyances encompasses three separate practices: Dry Swales, Wet Swales, and Grass Channels. These BMP fulfill the purpose of transporting the water on site, giving a modest water quality improvement. Dry swales and wet swales are funded at 75% cost share. Grass channels are funded at 50% cost share. For full technical specifications please refer to the VCAP manual.

8. Constructed Wetlands

Constructed wetlands are artificial systems built to mimic the functions of natural wetlands. They retain water and serve no water quantity reduction. Constructed wetlands are funded at 50% cost share.

9. Permeable Paving

Permeable paving allows the rain water to infiltrate into the soil, reducing the stormwater generated from a site. This BMP is funded at 50% cost share, up to $3 per square foot.

10. Green Roofs

Green roofs or vegetated roofs are alternatives to traditionl roofing materials. They contain drought loving plants, as well as a waterproof membrane and under drain system. This BMP is funded at $10 per square foot up to $10,000

For more details on any of these practices please contact Nicola McGoff at 434-975-0224 ext 103.