Cities in Virginia including Lynchburg who have been working on strategies to stay in compliance with current regulations as well as positioning and planning for future stormwater quality requirements are being inspected by representatives of the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the MS4 program.
Previously, EPA inspectors have levied fines from $77,000 to $165,000 on cities who were in violation. Lynchburg is currently in the process of initiating a new stormwater fee in order to respond to tougher federal and state water quality standards to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Once these new standards are outlined, it is likely that additional stormwater management programs and enhanced designs will need to be implemented. City officials are also working to find ways to minimize the future cost increases that will occur as stormwater standards become more rigorous.
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