New Changes to Virginia Stormwater Regulations
For over ten years the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has been working on new stormwater regulations. The new regulations will come into full effect July 1, 2014. A controversial first draft was submitted to the public in 2009 and was not well received by the public, with over 1200 comments. The proposed regulations had significant changes to permissible phosphorous levels that were approximately a 50% reduction from the previous default loadings. The regulations were revised for public comments in 2009, and the DCR adopted a plan in 2010 to meet the EPA's Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay. The plan was finally adopted on May 24, 2011 after the DCR presented the new regulation changes to the DCR Board.
|New Stormwater Regulation Changes|