Federal Stormwater Requirements Will Amp Up Costs for Fairfax County

Source:  Fairfax Times
Feb 3, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation have made some changes to the watershed implementation plan to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, but it still will take a significant county investment to meet the new goals.

If the county implements its existing watershed management plans, it can meet the goals, said Kate Bennett, of the stormwater planning division of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. However, it also means implementing the 30-year plan in about half the time.

Paying for all the needed stormwater projects most likely will require an increase in the county’s stormwater fee — 1.5 cents per $100 of assessed value for homeowners. It could take 4.5 to 5 cents to meet the needs, said Randy Bartlett, deputy director of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.

That amounts to about $100 million per year, through 2015, he said, compared to the about $30 million the county now is taking in.

The county is continuing to consider additional strategies that could help keep taxpayer costs manageable as negotiations between the state, localities and the EPA continue
during the next year.

VWEA Forms New Stormwater Committee

In response to the heightened interest in stormwater issues, both at the local and federal levels, the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) has formed a Stormwater Committee, chaired by Lisa Jeffrey, PE of Brown and Caldwell. The committee’s mission is to provide VWEA membership education about stormwater issues, regulations, and a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience among stormwater professionals from throughout the Commonwealth.

During December 2011, the committee will be evaluating options for hosting workshops, seminars and lunch and learn sessions on current topics related to stormwater management and regulatory compliance. These educational sessions and meetings will provide opportunities for the exchange of current technical information, compliance strategies and for professional networking.

Those interested in being a part of this effort should contact Lisa Jeffrey at ljeffrey@brwncald.com.  A meeting and conference call will be held to discuss committee plans and goals for 2012.

Go To the VWEA website for more information:   www.vwea.org

Source:  htttp:www.vwea.org/committees/stormwater