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Water Resources Program
The Water Resources Program is comprised of both MS4/Stormwater Management and Resiliency.
MS4 / Stormwater Management
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is authorized to discharge stormwater from its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) by coverage under the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Individual Permit for Discharge of Stormwater (the Permit) within the urbanized areas of Virginia.
As part of the original permit authorization, VDOT developed and implemented an MS4 Program Plan (the Plan) with best management practices (BMPs) to address the seven minimum control measures (MCMs) and the special conditions for applicable total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) outlined in the Permit. The MS4 program group develops Standards & Specifications, IIMs and manuals that will assist in ensuring permit compliance.
If you believe that you have observed an illicit discharge entering or leaving VDOT’s storm sewer system please send reports to IDDEReports@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
Use this Storymap link to learn more about the MS4 Program through spatially interactive GIS maps, datasets, training modules, and public education, outreach, and participation programs.
If you have questions, comments or concerns about the Stormwater Management Program, contact us at MS4@VDOT.Virginia.gov. For drainage problems, contact the VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
VDOT is developing and participating in research aimed at addressing recurrent flooding of public roadway and bridge infrastructure under existing and future conditions for the Commonwealth. Changes in climate and extreme weather events, such as sea level rise and inland riverine flooding, pose risks for Virginia's transportation system. VDOT is evaluating preventative measures needed to prepare and adapt to the changing climate by assessing ways to protect, maintain, and improve assets. These measures include identification and mapping of vulnerable public infrastructure that may be at risk of flooding or deterioration, assessing design standards, and considering approaches that will lead to more resilient infrastructures and communities.
J. Alex Foraste, P.E.
State Water Resources Program Manager
VDOT - Location & Design Division
1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Central Office Resiliency
Central Office Water Resources Section Manager
- Erosion and Sediment Control Contractor Certification (ESCCC) - 5/25/2021
Stream Cleanup Events!
- James River Cleanup Saturday October 10th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
ASCE Richmond is participating in the Mid-Atlantic’s Day to Serve movement by organizing a James River cleanup to help keep our parks clean and promote environmental stewardship! On October 10th, we will meet at Belle Isle to collect trash and debris and ASCE will provide all the necessary materials such as trash bags and gloves. Just make sure to bring close-toed shoes and a mask!
- Project Clean Stream will kick off on September 11th, 2020 check for updates
- Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on April 10, 2021
- Clean the Bay Day is June 5, 2021
- James River Regional Cleanup - September 12, 2020
- Help VDOT Keep Pollution and Litter Out of Our Waterways: Your actions matter!
VDOT is committed to ensuring that stormwater runoff from all of its roadways and facilities comply with
federal and state environmental regulatory requirements. But we can’t reduce pollution alone.
- Upcoming Courses to “Erosion and Sediment Control Contractors Certification (ESCCC) classes
through Construction Trade organizations.
Richmond Area Municipal Contractors Association (RAMCA)
Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA)
Hampton Roads Utility & Heavy Contractors Associations (HRUHCA)
Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA)
Information You Can Use
- Adopt-A-Highway Information
- District Hydraulic Engineers
- District NPDES Coordinator
- IIM-195 Virginia Stormwater Management Program
- LUP-A Land Use Permit Application for Storm Sewer Stenciling
- LUP-SPG Permittee Agreement for Strom Sewer Stenciling
- Nutrient Credits
- Technical Resources
- VDOT Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program Manual