COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Water Program Updates
Update on the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership and Chesapeake Bay Partner Community Award
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Graham, Hirschman
AGENDA DATE: ITEM NUMBER:
February 4, 2004
ACTION: INFORMATION: X
ATTACHMENTS: Flyer for “After the Storm: Stormwater Workshop” and letter from Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee
Albemarle County must comply with a federally mandated stormwater permit program, administered in Virginia by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The program, known as NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Phase II, applies to small “municipal separate storm sewer systems” (MS4s), meaning municipally owned and/or operated systems that receive and convey runoff to streams. Municipalities that operate regulated MS4s must develop a stormwater management program that meets minimum standards. One of these standards concerns public education and outreach on stormwater issues.
At its meeting on February 5, 2003, the Board authorized staff to proceed with a “registration statement” that covers the County under DEQ’s general permit. This statement was approved by DEQ , became effective on May 13, 2003, and will be in effect for five years from that date.
Other entities in the region covered by this stormwater requirement include: City of Charlottesville, University of Virginia, Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority, and the Virginia Department of Transportation. In accordance with the programs of each of these entities, the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership was formed. This alliance allows each of the permitted agencies to cooperate and collaborate on stormwater education efforts, thus streamlining the program and unifying the message that the public receives about stormwater impacts and recommendations. To date, the partnership has launched a web site (hosted on the County’s water resources page) that allows citizens to “surf” their watershed and discover relevant information on how to protect water resources, and has planned a seminar on stormwater management (see attached flyer).
A different but related program is administered by the Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee (a component of the overall Chesapeake Bay Program). In this program, local governments can apply for a Chesapeake Bay Partner Community award that gauges local participation in commitments of the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement between the Bay states, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and the EPA. Albemarle County first received recognition as a “Silver” Bay Partner Community in 1997, and this certification has recently been renewed (see attached letter). This distinction is based on the County’s programs for land use and water resources.
Goal 3.1: Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work
Goal 2.2: Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources.
Goal 2.3: Provide for environmentally sensitive government operations at the local and regional level.
With the Board’s continued endorsement, County staff plans to continue to participate in the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership in compliance with its MS4 permit.
This item is for information only.