Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality

General Notice
General Notice - Notice of Intent to Establish a Stakeholder Advisory Group to Assist with Development of the 2023 Virginia Stormwater Handbook
Date Posted: 6/8/2022
Expiration Date: 6/22/2022
Submitted to Registrar for publication: NO
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The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will convene a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) to assist with development of the 2023 Virginia Stormwater Handbook (Handbook). The handbook will focus on stormwater management from construction sites and replace the 1988 Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Manual (Stormwater elements), 1992 Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook,1999 Stormwater Management Handbook, and the 2011 and 2013 (Draft) BMP Design Specifications. It will also incorporate the specifications and standards needed by industries as reflected in approved Annual Standards and Specifications, variances and exceptions, and include current statutes, regulations, technical bulletins, and guidance documents. The handbook will also update the design and maintenance specifications for best management practices (BMPs) and reflect current principles in stormwater management and hydrological science. Members of the SAG will provide direction, guidance, and feedback to DEQ and contractors as they develop the handbook.


DEQ anticipates that the SAG will meet initially in July 2022 and have monthly meetings thereafter for approximately one year. Subcommittees are expected to be formed that will meet in between. Meetings will be held in person and occasionally virtually at DEQ’s discretion. The location is to be determined but DEQ expects to convene most meetings in the Richmond area. Subcommittees may meet virtually as well.


If you wish to join this SAG, notify the department contact listed below in writing by June 30, 2022. Please provide your name, title, address, telephone number, email address, any organization you may represent, and a brief description of your areas of expertise and qualifications. Notification of acceptance will be sent to those selected to participate. Meeting agendas and minutes will be posted on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall:

Contact Information
Name / Title: Evan Branosky   / Chief Stormwater Policy Advisor
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond , 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)584-6265    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-