Stormwater Resource Page

Have you ever watched the rainwater running off your driveway or down your street? Do you know where that water is going? Pollution from stormwater runoff  is the #1 health threat to our waterways. Every time it rains, pollution washes off your property and starts its journey through the watershed to the James River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay. As a way to protect citizens, property, and natural resources from unmanaged stormwater run-off, the Virginia Stormwater Management Program was created.

Revisions to the Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations (SWM) became effective September 13, 2011. The revised regulations provide local governments the option of implementing SWM rules in a local program or the alternative is to have local development regulated under a VA DCR – run program. Effective July 1, 2013, VA DEQ is the lead agency for developing and implementing statewide nonpoint source pollution control programs to protect the Commonwealth’s water quality and quantity.

So what can you do to help?
Conserve water

Learn about your watershed

Learn about two types of water pollution

 Don’t litter. Recycle.

Help prevent soil erosion

Help prevent pet waste

 Learn what all is in your runoff?

Become a River Hero Home

  • Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to protect the James River.
  • This program recognizes homeowners who are successfully taking steps to improve water quality by reducing the amount of stormwater and pollution from their property. Depending where you live may also help you qualify for stormwater rebates or credits offered by your locality.

Additional Resources:

Local Business Resources:
PoopBrigade (Pet Waste Removal Company)
Paul Richardson (804-868-6640)