Stormwater legislation gains momentum in House

Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

State legislation backed by local representatives in the Virginia House of Delegates may be on its way to giving certain localities the ability to opt out of managing their own Stormwater Pollution Prevention Programs.
According to a state mandate, localities are required to have their own SWPPP in place by July 1 this year.
The program, which is a by-product of the Chesapeake Bay Protection Act, aims to keep local waterways clean by ensuring that all stormwater runoff is strictly regulated.
In the last two weeks, state officials expressed concerns over the up-front costs associated with aspects of the program such as site plans, engineer contracts and stormwater drainage field construction.  According to the state’s summary, land disturbance fees range from $209 plus annual dues of $50 for land less than an acre to over $10,000 plus $1,400 in annual dues for land greater than 100 acres.
But as of Tuesday, House Bill (HB) 1173, introduced by Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna) of the 98th District, was recommended by committee and currently awaits vote from the Virginia House of Delegates.
HB 1173 would allow any locality that doesn’t operate a municipal separate storm sewer system to opt out of establishing Virginia Stormwater Management Programs. Localities who opt out would then have the programs managed by the…

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