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The Department of General Services worked with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to create a “green corridor” in downtown Richmond and around the Capitol Building. This project used $798,988 of a federal grant funding for projects in the Commonwealth that focus on implementing innovative “green” techniques and technologies. This project has helped reduce the amount of polluted storm water runoff that enters the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by about 65 percent.

This project , in partnership with numerous local, state, federal and non-profit organizations, installed a combination of practices that created a “green” corridor along 9th and 10th Street and at two alleys within blocks of the Square. In Capitol Square, the terraced brick steps were replaced with permeable pavers, a rain garden was installed to collect and filter rain water and prevent erosion, and rain water collected in the storm trap will be reused to irrigate the grounds.

Legislators, state and city government employees, downtown business employees, citizens, and tourists visit Capitol Square on a daily basis. This highly visible project site provides an educational opportunity for citizens and other visitors to learn about reducing storm water runoff utilizing innovative low impact development techniques such as green streets, permeable pavers, and rain gardens.

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