Lynchburg seeks $50 million to complete decades-long project to address sewer overflows

Jul 15, 2021

The City of Lynchburg has been working toward a long-term fix for its sewage overflows since the 1970s, and with a recent ask for $50 million in federal emergency aid from Gov. Ralph Northam, the end may be in sight.

The request is part of a $1.4 billion package for ending combined sewer overflows in three cities — Lynchburg, Richmond and Alexandria — with money from the American Rescue Plan Act that President Joe Biden signed into law March 11.

Lynchburg, Richmond and Alexandria are the only three communities in the state with ongoing costly combined sewer overflow (CSO) projects, according to a letter signed by Lynchburg Mayor MaryJane Dolan, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and John Hill, chairman of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, and sent to Northam last month.

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