Stormwater Management Division
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.
Forms, Applications and Programs:
Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program (VPDES) Annual Reports
Stormwater Complaint On-Line Service
Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan, Phase II Regulatory Submittal PDF (17.5 MB)
Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) FAQ Sheet
Erosion and Sediment Control General Notes PDF (32 KB)
Stormwater Management Checklist PDF (22 KB)
Lake Enhancement Program (LEP) Application PDF
Flood Assistance Program
Flood Zone Verification Request On-Line Service
Flood Zone Verification Request FILLABLE PDF (823 KB)
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.
Army Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual pdf - Manual used by Army Corps of Engineers to determine the presence and extent of wetlands.
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.