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Rivanna River
Renaissance Conference

September 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Albemarle County Office Building
401 McIntire Rd.

Promoting Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Reducing Runoff Volume Essential for Improving Water Quality

Parking lot islands can capture and treat stormwater runoff

Parking lot islands can capture and treat stormwater runoff

In January 2009, the Commission endorsed the findings of its Technical Advisory Committee and forwarded a series of recommendations to the elected officials and planners in all four jurisdictions. The Commission recommended that all watershed localities utilize strategies to encourage the adoption of practices that have been proven to reduce stormwater volume and improve water quality by facilitating groundwater recharge and reducing siltation in streams. The Commission also recommended that these best management practices (BMPs) be utilized on all new government facilities and retrofit to existing government facilities where possible.

The Commission also encouraged the localities to work on a city, county, or regional basis with developers, engineers, planners and regulators to educate them on these practices and especially identify obstacles in local codes that may prevent their implementation. At the same time, RRBC recommended that localities explore the use of proffers, permit conditions, and/or incentives to encourage private developers to include these BMPs* in their projects.

* These BMPs are also referenced in the revised Virginia Stormwater Permit Regulations for New Development, adopted by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board in December 2009. Further information on these and other stormwater BMPs can be found at the BMP Clearinghouse.

Rainwater Harvesting

The Commission is promoting the widespread use of rainwater harvesting as a way to help reduce the amount of stormwater that enters area streams and to conserve water resources. The Commission co-hosted two ASCE-sponsored Rainwater Harvesting workshops in August and October 2009.

The Commission is working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to provide consistent state-wide guidance on rainwater harvesting which is effective at reducing stormwater runoff as well as encouraging water conservation and reuse. In a partnership with the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and numerous local and regional interests, the Commission has encouraged VDH to work with Virginia Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and Housing and Community Development (DCHD) to develop these guidelines.

Developers Roundtables: Stormwater Regulations

Alyson Sappington, District Manager of TJSWCD and member of RRBC's Technical Advisory Committee, provides summary of new stormwater regulations

Alyson Sappington, District Manager of TJSWCD and member of RRBC's Technical Advisory Committee, provides summary of new stormwater regulations

During March and April 2009, the Commission hosted a series of "developer roundtables" with its member localities (and supported by DCR staff) to provide accurate information about the proposed amendments to the Virginia Stormwater Management Permit Regulations. We offered participants the opportunity to submit questions and comments via the Commission to DCR regarding the regulations. The materials from these roundtables were submitted to the Soil and Water Conservation Board during the public comment period in late spring 2009.


The Rivanna River Basin Commission provides guidance for the stewardship of water and natural resources of the Rivanna River Basin and promotes activities by local, state, and federal governments, and by individuals, that foster resource stewardship for the environmental and economic health of the Basin.

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The Commission has representatives from these jurisdictions and organizations.

Click below for more information about our member partners:

City of Charlottesville

Albemarle County

Fluvanna County

Greene County

Culpeper SWCD

Thomas Jefferson SWCD