Stormwater Management


Stormwater management refers to the development of programs and policies that preserve, enhance, or control the quality of stormwater runoff, reduce erosion, and prevent flooding. Traditionally, stormwater management has focused on controlling runoff from urban areas. Today, localities are required to address the quality of stormwater runoff as well.

Runoff Definition

Stormwater runoff is the water that flows over land during and after it rains. In urban areas, this water flows over yards, sidewalks, and streets picking up pollutants like leaves, litter, animal wastes, oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and heavy metals. Pollution caused by stormwater runoff can create serious water quality problems. Runoff from urban areas can contribute pollutants that cause a variety of problems for local waterways.

Forms, Applications & Programs

Related Links

  • Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District - Local district of a federal agency that permits impacts to resources including, but are not limited to, tidal marshes, seasonally saturated forested and non-forested wetlands, swamps, rivers, bays, and streams
  • Pet Waste Station Program and Friend of the Chesapeake Bay plate - When pet waste is not picked up, it becomes a major source of bacteria and nitrogen pollution in our lakes, streams and rivers.  Apply for a free pet waste station for your community and help keep local waterways clean.   This program is funded in part by the “Friend of the Chesapeake” license plate.

    - is a public awareness program of the 17 cities and counties of Hampton Roads administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), which encourages environmental stewardship among all residents here in southeastern Virginia.
  • National Flood Insurance Program - National federally backed flood insurance program available to homeowners, renters, and business owners in communities who adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances
  • Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR)- Virginia agency that manages soil, water, plant, animal, ecosystem, and land conservation; state parks; and Chesapeake Bay impacts
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ)- Virginia authority that manages pollution control (air, ground, water, wetlands, etc.), environmental impacts, recycling, etc.
  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)- Virginia agency that manages impacts and encroachments upon fisheries and habitat in state owned submerged lands
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- Federal agency that works for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people