Virginia Coastal Policy Center


This report was required by House Bill 1774 (2017), in which the General Assembly requested that the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency convene a workgroup to study the administration of the Commonwealth’s current stormwater management program, as well as the potential treatment and use of water in roadside ditches in rural, Tidewater Virginia localities.

Under the Virginia Stormwater Management Act, the Department of Environmental Quality administers stormwater management requirements for any localities that opt out of becoming a Virginia Stormwater Management Program authority, but only for land disturbances of one acre or more that are covered by the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Construction Activities issued by DEQ. However, in localities that are subject to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, the stormwater management and erosion and sediment control requirements must be applied to all land disturbances of 2,500 square feet or more. This Workgroup was convened and this report was created to propose potential solutions to address rural Tidewater localities’ concerns regarding administration of regulatory coverage for land disturbances of between 2,500 square feet and one (1) acre, and to assess potential innovative alternatives for treatment and use of stormwater in these rural Tidewater localities.

This abstract has been taken from the report's Executive Summary.

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