Virginia Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Virginia Stormwater Management Act, Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 10.1-603.1 et seq.

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Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, VCA 10.1-2100 et seq.

Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits: VCA 62.1-44.15 and regulations at 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-31-10 to 25-31-750

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME)

Virginia Department of Health (DOH)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit program, including general permit authority for stormwater discharges. In Virginia, the program is known as the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES). Construction stormwater and municipal stormwater permits are known as Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) permits in the state.

The Virginia Stormwater Management Act enables local governments to establish management plans and adopt ordinances that require control and treatment of stormwater runoff to prevent flooding and contamination of local waterways. Local programs must meet or exceed the minimum standards contained in regulations. Under the Act, state agencies must employ management practices regardless of whether the locality in which a state facility is to be located has a program.

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