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Description of Stormwater Management program and purpose

Interim Chief of Environmental Services, Jamie Clark, P.E.

Stormwater management refers to the development of programs and policies that preserve, enhance, or control the quality of stormwater runoff, reduce erosion, and prevent flooding.  Traditionally, stormwater management has focused on controlling runoff from urban areas.  Today, localities are required to address the quality of stormwater runoff as well.

Stormwater runoff is the water that flows over land during and after it rains.  In urban areas, this water flows over yards, sidewalks, and streets picking up pollutants like leaves, litter, animal wastes, oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and heavy metals.  Pollution caused by stormwater runoff can create serious water quality problems.  Runoff from urban areas can contribute pollutants that cause a variety of problems for local waterways.

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Forms, Applications and Programs:

Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District - Local district of a federal agency that permits impacts to resources including, but are not limited to, tidal marshes, seasonally saturated forested and non-forested wetlands, swamps, rivers, bays, and streams.

HRSTORM - A coalition of local government staff who work together to share ideas and pool resources for a targeted stormwater management education program.

National Flood Insurance Program -  National federally backed flood insurance program available to homeowners, renters, and business owners in communities who adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR)- Virginia agency that manages soil, water, plant, animal, ecosystem, and land conservation; state parks; and Chesapeake Bay impacts.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ)- Virginia authority that manages pollution control (air, ground, water, wetlands, etc.), environmental impacts, recycling, etc.

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)- Virginia agency that manages impacts and encroachments upon fisheries and habitat in state owned submerged lands.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- Federal agency that works for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.


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