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Recent Virginia Stormwater News

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABig Stormwater Requirements on the Horizon

Municipalities throughout the Chesapeake Bay over the past several years have anticipated and, in some cases, planned for the costs to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff. Starting in 2013 through 2018, MS4 permittees within the Chesapeake Bay must reduce 5% of the required pollutant loading and an additional 35% from 2018 to 2023. Many localities will meet the 5% through enhanced housekeeping and best management practices, as well as the implementation of projects, but attaining the additional 35% will require significant funding.

Read more at the Richmond Times Dispatch about how Henrico County planned for funding the reductions required today and is now wrestling with how to fund even more in the future.

2015 Stormwater Local Assistance Fund Grants Announced

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced the FY15 grants authorized for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). A total of over $21.5 million was awarded to 64 projects in 25 localities. To view a list of all recipients, visit the VADEQ.

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You’re Invited! New Stormwater Regulations Lunch and Learn

post picVirginia has announced new Stormwater Management Program Regulations that bring up a great deal of questions. How do these regulations effect you? We have the answers!

Draper Aden Associates is hosting several free Lunch and Learns in Virginia to give some much needed guidance on these new regulations. Speakers Lynn Klappich, Waste Resources Engineering Project Manager, and Carolyn Howard, Stormwater Program Manager, will be there to address effects of the new stormwater regulation on landfills, composting, and mulching operations. Come join us for some good food and good conversation at one of the locations below! RSVP to Chelsea Koonce (ckoonce@daa.com) 540.552.0444.

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Cost Sharing Is An Option

BayWatershedMap_mjs4The cost for compliance with Chesapeake Bay TMDL over the next 15 years is starting to be tallied – and it’s astronomical!    MS4 localities are actively seeking innovative ways to save money – both in implementation and administrative costs.  Fairfax County and the Towns of Vienna and Herndon have found a way to do just that by implementing a regional approach to stormwater management.   Read more about their cost sharing agreement here:  http://www.insidenova.com/news/fairfax/fairfax-to-share-stormwater-tax-revenue-with-towns-of-vienna/article_5224ca2e-b8c5-11e3-b81b-0019bb2963f4.html

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Virginia Stormwater Management Programs for Non-MS4 Localities May Be Administered by DEQ Pending Legislative Approval

Roadside Stormwater DrainFor the past 2 years localities across the Commonwealth have been preparing to locally administer the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) and becoming increasingly concerned about the costs  of implementation.  However, with the Senate passing of SB423, it is likely that  non-MS4 localities will no longer be required to locally administer the VSMP – these localities will have the option to have the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administer and enforce the VSMP.   Additionally, this Bill provides:

  • Reciprocity with programs in other states for the certification of proprietary best management practices (BMPs)
  • An agreement-in-lieu-of a stormwater management plan, and
  • Updates the hearings and appeals processes

Information regarding Senate Bill 423 can be found here:   http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=141&typ=bil&val=sb423

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Albemarle County’s Draft Water Protection Ordinance Advancing

Stormwater Drain - Graelyn BrashearAlbemarle County staff have been working to meet State DEQ-mandated deadlines regarding stormwater regulations. In the coming months there will be one opportunity prior to the June 13th implementation deadline on May 15th to ask questions and provide comments to the County on how these regulations and new ordinances will affect the citizens and development community in the County. Currently, there are multiple bills in the General Assembly seeking to delay the implementation schedule so that localities can  better complete the planning process as well as receive input and feedback from their local communities. Please follow the link below to read more from Cville Magazine including viewpoints of several individuals representing organizations on various sides of the discussion. Please share your thoughts as well by commenting below.

http://www.c-ville.com/going-clear-albemarles-complex-costly-quandary-over-stormwater-management/

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Different Approaches to Managing Stormwater in the Roanoke Valley

Roanoke Stormwater DrainStormwater program regulations and requirements are becoming more real and starting to be a burden on local governments’ budgets across the Commonwealth.  Localities are seeking alternative sources of funding for their programs.   The City of Roanoke and County of Roanoke are both looking into enacting stormwater utility fees to offset the costs of compliance, while the City of Salem is looking at general funds to support their program.

Read more about it and watch WLSL -Channel 10 covereage here:
http://www.wsls.com/story/23773672/stormwater-fee-on-the-way-for-others-in-valley-localities-weighing-options

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Roanoke “Stormwater Footprints” Now Available

Roanoke City LogoOn behalf of its residents, the City of Roanoke staff has determined the amount of impervious surface of each parcel within the City in preparations for the proposed stormwater utility fee to be implemented on July 1, 2014.  Residents and businesses can now go online to check the City’s calculation of their ‘stormwater footprint’ – impervious area – to prepare for the City’s stormwater fee.   The City has proposed a fee of $.90 per month per 500 square feet of impervious surface.  To see parcel information, please go to http://gisre.roanokeva.gov/ or visit the City’s Engineering Department web site:http://www.roanokeva.gov/85256A8D0062AF37/vwContentByKey/N29ALPE9085SSIAEN for additional information regarding current and future stormwater programs.

Read more covereage about this program at Roanoke .com
http://www.roanoke.com/news/2290384-12/roanokes-storm-water-fee-estimator-now-online-for.html

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