Shifting Face of Stormwater Regulations

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn February 28, the 2015 Virginia General Assembly wrapped up its regular session and with its closure came a bevy of new stormwater regulations. While the bulk of them can be found on our Resources page, we’d like to highlight a few new regulations that are worth remembering in the coming year.

At the very end of the session, SB 1047 Stormwater utility; waiver of charges for certain property, passed both the Senate and the House with substitutes. As summarized by the Senate, this bill “provides that where two adjoining localities each hold a permit to discharge stormwater from a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), a waiver of charges to a public entity for property that is covered by an MS4 permit shall also apply to covered property of a school board of one locality that is located in the other locality.”

Another key bill, SB 1287 Water Implementation Plans (WIPs); replacement of tributary strategies, “replaces the tributary strategies for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, which were last prepared in 2003-2004, with the Water Implementation Plans (WIPs) developed pursuant to the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL). The bill authorizes the Secretary of Natural Resources to oversee the development and implementation of the WIPs.”

For any updates to these regulations, please remember to check our stormwater news under The Inlet. We will keep you updated throughout the year on changes, additions, or subtractions to stormwater legislation and rulings as they occur.

And remember, stormwater awareness begins at any age!