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Stormwater Management


1. The Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation awarded the City our first-ever "Consistent" rating regarding implementation of the State Erosion & Sediment Control Program. (Click here for the congratulatory letter.)

RibbonThe PW/Stormwater Division is responsible for implementation of the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program, which regulates land-disturbing activities associated with commercial and residential construction. The program focuses on the control of sediments from construction sites to prevent their entry into State-owned receiving waters. Since the inception of the state-mandated program in the mid seventies, some 30 years ago, this is the first time the City has been found to be in full compliance with the State program and regulations. Such compliance indicates Portsmouth is doing its part to ensure responsible land development throughout the City and improve water quality in our local waterways.

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2. Lake Assessment Report Completed /First Dredging Project Planned

The PW/Stormwater Division contracted with a national Engineering firm, CH2MHILL and a Richmond-based Lake & Pond Management firm, Aquatic Services, to field assess, prioritize and make recommendations for the long-term maintenance of the 31 lakes and ponds that receive stormwater runoff from City streets. The results of their work will soon be presented to City Council. It is anticipated that the first project to be implemented will be the maintenance dredging of Cavalier Canal. This project will mark the City's very first effort to dredge accumulated sediments from lakes and ponds that receive incoming stormwater. The project will serve as a wonderful improvement to the Cavalier Manor community, particularly to the residents whose properties abut the canal.

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• The PW/Stormwater Division expects to implement a new Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) VPDES permit - such permit will impose many new, more stringent requirements relative to water quality protection and will require additional resources including full time employees. In addition, permit tracking & reporting requirements will greatly increase.

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