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Regional Cooperation: Responsible with Infrastructure and Natural Resources

Capital Region Land Conservancy
Staff members worked with the Conservancy on the purchase and preservation of the Malvern Hill property in Varina. The conservancy serves with Charles City, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond.

Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA)
The CVWMA provides solid waste management services for Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, New Kent, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George and Richmond.

Cobbs Creek Reservoir Water Supply Project
Henrico has begun construction of a water supply reservoir and dam in Cumberland County. The reservoir will allow for increased withdrawals from the James River necessary for the water supply
needs of Henrico and its regional partners on this project. During periods of low flow in the James, the reservoir will release water to enhance the aquatic environment. The facility is expected to be operational in 2022.

Commodity Agriculture Training and Research
Extension agents provide professional seminars and conduct field research for commodity agriculture and green industry. Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond participate.

Henrico Regional Water Reclamation Facility
The Henrico Regional Water Reclamation Facility began operations in 1989 and treats sewage from most of Henrico and parts of Goochland and Hanover. This facility is an element of the Water Quality Management Plan for the Richmond metropolitan area, adopted by the State Water Control Board on Aug. 26, 1974. Under a wastewater agreement, Henrico and Richmond treat each other’s wastewater along their boundary lines when gravity sewage flow causes the wastewater to enter the treating jurisdiction.

Henrico Water Treatment Facility
The Henrico Water Treatment Facility began operations in 2004 and provides drinking water to most of Henrico and parts of Goochland and Hanover.

James River Advisory Council
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond representatives serve on the regional council to promote and protect the James River. The council organizes James River Days, James River Week, James River Parade of Lights and James River Regional Cleanup.

James River Outdoor Coalition
The coalition receives input from park users to understand issues and to identify possible system improvements. It also coordinates projects and education programs for the James River Park System.

Master Gardener Program
Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond extension officers train volunteers to work with residents to promote sustainable horticulture practices through landscape management education and training.

Maymont Foundation
The Foundation provides educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for the community through the restoration and development of Maymont Park, including museums, animal exhibits, gardens and other resources. Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond participate.

Metropolitan Richmond Air Quality Committee
Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond establish methods for reaching attainment for air quality levels.

Natural Gas
Richmond supplies natural gas to residents in northern Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond. A gas agreement between Henrico and Richmond governs the gas service in Henrico.

Pesticide Application Training
Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond extension agents cooperatively conduct required annual training for all pesticide applicators.

Plant Health Diagnostics
Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and Richmond extension agents cooperatively maintain plant health clinics to identify insects, plant diseases and weeds to reduce pesticide use.

Regional Utilities Committee
Composed of the public utilities directors for Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan and Richmond and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, this committee discusses matters of mutual concern or benefit and provides mutual support during emergencies.

Virginia Municipal Stormwater Association (VAMSA)
VAMSA brings together more than 50 local governments and stormwater consulting firms to work for clean water and safe infrastructure in Virginia. The association supports clean water, safe and vibrant communities, and a strong state economy by seeking to align goals for clean water, best practices in stormwater management, and the resources available for programs, practices and infrastructure.

Water and Sewer Agreements
Henrico and Richmond signed a water agreement valid through 2040. Richmond agreed to support the construction of a new treatment plant in Henrico to help meet the region’s future water needs. Henrico’s water treatment plant was placed into service in 2004; Henrico will continue to purchase treated water from Richmond at a reduced volume through July 1, 2040.

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