|Action||Amend Parts I, II, and III of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit Regulations to address water quality and quantity and local stormwater management program criteria.|
|Comment Period||Ends 8/21/2009|
As a member of local government, I find that, despite the advances already made in the field of stormwater management, there is still much need for improvement, especially in regulatory enforcement mecahanisms. The enforcement tools available to local administrators and, especially concerned citizens, are inadequate to say the least. Oftentimes developers will (either out of ignorance or an unwillingness to comply) will neglect to follow existing regulations or simply comply as "loosely" as possible. Local governing bodies' ability to limit bank erosion, flooding of existing properties, etc. is weak and typically of a reactionary rather than anticipatory nature. The proposed amendments to Parts I, II, and III will aid in the preventive measures which local governments can legislate/implement to mitigate the negative impacts of urban, suburban, and agricultural activites on the waterwhed of the Chesapeake Bay; I strongly support such action. I would also like to see underground springs (such as Highland Springs) included in the description of watershed sources subject to Chesapeake Bay Regulations.
City Council of the City of Hopewell, VA
Member, VML Go Green Advisory Committee
Middle James Round Table Executive Committee