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Grant loans approved locally for living shorelines

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission has received a lot of interest in a grant loan fund that can help property owners implement living shorelines.

MPPDC finance director Beth Johnson said Tuesday that two applications have been approved since the commission board authorized acceptance of a loan from the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund in late February.

One property is under construction in Port Haywood in Mathews, Johnson said, while another in Gloucester is set to begin construction in September. The properties were not further identified because they are privately owned, Johnson said.

Approximately a dozen applications have been sent out following requests from property owners in Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex. The office also fielded a number of telephone inquiries about the program, she said.

There likely will be more requests from Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex counties, Johnson said, because they have more waterfront and lots of erosion there.


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