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The mission of the City of Portsmouth's stormwater management program is to safely and efficiently control runoff, protect public health and safety, protect property, minimize the discharge of pollutants to receiving waters, guide development and protect and enhance water quality in creeks and stormwater lakes in the community. The City's program will provide for construction, operation, maintenance and management of stormwater controls and will complement and support other City programs. The program shall include regulatory compliance, organized operations, sensible and adequate financial stability, and public education and outreach.
The City of Portsmouth is currently regulated under an MS4 (Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System) Permit administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia.