Regional Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP)
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) required that all municipalities adopt a local stormwater management program to include an ordinance as well as plans to staff and finance the initiative by July 1, 2014. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) made grant funding available to support localities who are adopting local stormwater programs consistent with the Virginia Stormwater Management Act and applicable regulations. DCR had overseen stormwater management until DEQ took over the program July 1st.
These grants assists localities in building their capacity to adopt and implement local stormwater management programs to include the following:
- Ordinance development
- Staffing and funding plans
- Development of policies and procedures
- Training and education
- Purchase of non-capital administrative equipment and tools.
Specifically, development of local stormwater management programs include local adoption of water quality standards for development and redevelopment that are equal to or more stringent than the state standard under the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP). Virginia Locality Stormwater Program Development grants are reimbursement grants and the sponsoring agency must be capable of financing the project in its entirety while requesting periodic reimbursement.
The George Washington Regional Commission applied for and received grant funding DCR to assist local governments in Planning District 16 implement the Virginia Stormwater Management Regulation (VSMP), requiring the integration of the state model stormwater ordinance in the local government’s code of ordinances, and the related development of a VSMP program adequate to meet approval by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.