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Storm Water Management

The Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) operated by the Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) System was approved for coverage under the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) on August 19, 2003 (General Permit No. VAR040030).

This Permit requires VWCC to develop and implement a Stormwater Management (SWM) Program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable (MEP), to protect water quality, and to satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act and the State Water Control Law.

VWCC's SWM is presented in the form of six minimum control measures known as Best Management Practices (BMP's) as required by the VPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.

Storm Water Management at VWCC

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

VWCC has current plans detailing the outfalls and structural components. The map (PDF) identifies all outfalls.

An assessment of VWCC stormwater structures will be preformed to determine the presence of illicit discharges and illegal dumping using VADCR guidelines. Inspections will be preformed on an annual basis.

VWCC will develop procedures and policies to detect and address illicit discharges and illegal dumping.

Below are some examples of illicit discharges. Click on the photos to see them larger.

Fuel Release Stained Soil Stained Lot Stained Lot Pads Deployed

Construction Site Runoff Control

Construction site runoff control is the key to preventing sediment from earth-disturbing operations, as well as construction debris, from contaminating the streams. VWCC is developing an erosion and sediment control-training program based on VADCR's erosion sediment manual. Selected staff and faculty will be trained to recognize possible noncompliance scenarios.

VWCC relay upon qualified engineering firms to develop, erosion and sediment control plans. These qualified consulting firms that have been approved by the Virginia Community College System are contracted to develop the plans and acquire permits.

Post Construction Runoff Control

VWCC has worked with Roanoke County to develop and include a portion of campus in the Roanoke Valley Greenways program.

VWCC is working to green campus and increase permeable areas via landscaping of previously paved areas.

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

Virginia Western Community College has a limited volume of chemicals present on campus. All vehicle maintenance is preformed off-site. VWCC has specific procedures to respond to a small volume of chemical spills.

VWCC is working with Clean Valley Council and local authorities to provide support for the Regional Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days. VWCC will solicit assistance from students and faculty to participate in scheduled events and will post information on the website about future events.

VWCC performs street sweeping on a regular schedule.

Public Information

Public Education and Outreach

Virginia Western Community College has integrated Stormwater Management information into various educational programs. The stormwater management web site is periodically updated with current information on Virginia Water Quality regulations, aquatic ecosystems and pollution prevention. VWCC teams with Clean Valley Council for public education.

Public Participation and Involvement

This program intended to educate college faculty and students about components of watershed management and how Virginia Western is working to improve regional water quality. Public involvement is the key to a successful stormwater management program. Clean Valley Council (CVC) has agreed to work with VWCC to develop watershed management seminars for the public.

There are many ways citizens can get involved:

Virginia Western is exploring current options to identify local organizations to assist with a storm drain labeling program.

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Contact FPD

Location: Business Science M230
Phone: 540-857-6481
Fax: 540-857-7216

Mailing address:
3099 Colonial Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Emergency Contact:
If a facility-related emergency develops outside of normal business hours (7:30 AM - 4:30 PM), contact Campus Police at 857-7979.

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