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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
Central Office Water Resources
Geospatial Section & Water Resources Support
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Central Office Water Resources
Andrew Hammond, P.E.
Central Office Water Resources/Resiliency Support
- Erosion and Sediment Control Contractor Certification (ESCCC) - updated 11/3/2023
Stream Cleanup Events!
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation Portsmouth Shoreline Construction - June-October 2023
- Potomac River Cleanup at Jones Point Park! (Alexandria, VA) - August 19, 2023
- Potomac River Cleanup at Gravelly Point! (Arlington, VA) - September 9, 2023
- James River Regional Clean-up - September 9, 2023
- Westmoreland State Park Beach Clean Up - September 18, 2023
- Potomac River Cleanup at Glenmont Local Park - September 23, 2023
- Roanoke Valley Fall Waterways Event - October 7, 2023
- Belle Isle State Park Waterway Clean Up - October 23, 2023
- Caledon State Park Potomac Beach Clean Up - October 23, 2023
- Port Royal/Rt 17 Mill Creek Bridge Clean Up - November 13, 2023
- King George & FOR Stream Clean Up - November 20, 2023
- Potomac River Watershed - Ferguson Foundation Events
- Potomac River Watershed - Potomac Conservancy Events
- Hampton Roads Events
- Rappahannock River - Friends of the Rappahannock Events
- Longwood University - Clean Virginia Waterways 2023 Events
- Chesapeake Bay - Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Events
- Accotink River Watershed - Friends of Accotink Events
- 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
- MS4 Stormwater Outfall Inventory Manual May 2022
- Nutrient Credits
- Technical Resources
- VDOT Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program Manual