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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 Story Map 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 Forasté, P.E.
State Water Resources Program Manager
VDOT - Location & Design Division
1401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-2548 

John Olenik
Central Office Water Resources

Michelle Fults
Geospatial Section & Water Resources Support    
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Jacob Bauckman
Central Office Water Resources
Andrew Hammond, P.E.
Central Office Water Resources/Resiliency Support


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