The Accomack County Board of Supervisors has voted to provide VIMS with $31,951 to assist with the cost of sampling 70 freshwater stream stations in the county to look for elevated nitrogen and phosphorous in runoff and ground water. The water quality testing has covered watersheds with and without poultry operations. All costs associated with 2018 and 2019 sampling campaigns were paid for by VIMS. Due to a reduction in grant funding, VIMS will be unable to continue this effort in 2020 without local support. The total estimated cost is $43,168.
The Board of Supervisors approved the expenditure unanimously. Supervisor Grayson Chesser said that the study is by VIMS, which is above reproach in its findings. Chesser said that it’s vital to test the water locally and not rely on models from other areas of the state or country.
Two years ago the study was only in the southern part of the county but was extended to cover the whole county in 2019. The results of the 2019 study are not yet available.