by Keli Ratcliffe
Virginia’s revised stormwater management regulations became effective in 2011, and after further revisions were finally implemented in July of 2014. A couple of significant changes to the regulations are that localities with Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) are designated as Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Authorities, along with all other localities that have chosen to be designated as VSMP Authorities. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will continue to handle stormwater management review for the remaining Virginia localities. These Authorities are required to review and approve all design plans for projects that require a stormwater-related Construction General Permit. In the near future, personnel working for a VSMP Authority will need to be certified in order to perform duties associated with program administration, plan review, and site inspections.
Anderson & Associates Project Engineer Scott Cramer, P.E. is working toward receiving these stormwater management certifications from DEQ. He recently completed two courses, Basic Stormwater Management, and Stormwater Inspector offered by DEQ in preparation for his certification exam. Early next year, he will be taking a Stormwater Plan Reviewer course, prior to sitting for certification as a Stormwater Combined Administrator, which will allow him to provide administration, plan review, and inspection services for our VSMP Authority clients.