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Stormwater Management
This Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) operated by the City of Fredericksburg was approved for coverage under the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) on December 9, 2002 (General Permit No. VAR040058). This Permit requires The City of Fredericksburg to develop and implement a Stormwater Management (SWM) Program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants 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.


Best Management Practices
Fredericksburg’s Stormwater Management is in the form of six minimum control measures know as Best Management Practices (BMPs) as required by the VPDES general permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.

The current BMPs are as follows:
Public Education and Outreach
The City of Fredericksburg has implemented a Public Outreach program through partnerships and distributing media materials such as brochures and flyers. The City's partnership with Friends of the Rappahannock has resulted in long- and short-term projects to educate the community on resource conservation, watershed protection and river stewardship. The coordination between The City of Fredericksburg and Virginia Outdoors Foundation has protected 4,200 acres of land along the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers. 

Public Participation and Involvement
The City of Fredericksburg addresses water quality issues at periodic Wetland Board meetings. These meetings are open to the public for input on local resource issues and future development. The City of Fredericksburg in partnership with the Friends of the Rappahannock are actively hosting events such as "Fintastically Fredericksburg" and the Spring and Fall River Clean Ups. These events promote public participation in watershed conservation, protection, and management. The City is developing a set of trails and routes to facilitate public awareness on safety, environmental education, waterway awareness, and trail etiquette. The City's recycling program provides detailed guidance to its residents and local businesses on recycling. 

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
The City of Fredericksburg is currently developing Illicit Discharge Ordinances and Actions to address potential environmental violations associated with stormwater management. Investigation methods are based on Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) guidelines.
The following provides a brief synopsis of The City's actions currently underway:
  • Currently training City shop employees to recognize spill, illicit discharge, and dumping.
  • Developing a storm sewer network map to identify receiving waterways and outfalls.

Fund Raising Car Wash Guidelines
For information or questions contact John Saunders or Kevin Utt in the Planning Services Division:

John Saunders, P.E.
Senior Environmental Planner
City of Fredericksburg Planning Services Division
540-372-1179 x280

Kevin W. Utt
Stormwater Administrator & Environmental Planner
City of Fredericksburg Planning Services Division
540-372-1179 x254

To report a suspected Environmental Crime or suspected Illicit Discharge into the storm sewer system, contact the Fire Department 540.372.1059 (or 540.373.3122 for after hours emergencies).

Construction Site Runoff Control
Specific ordinances have been developed by the City of Fredericksburg to guide the public and local businesses through proper construction procedures to ensure minimal erosion and sedimentation of local waterways. 

Post-Construction Site Runoff Control
The City of Fredericksburg has developed a specific ordinance related to post-construction development.
Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
The City of Fredericksburg has a set of management processes and procedures known as Environmental Management System (EMS) allowing the City to analyze, control and reduce environmental impacts of its activities. These activities include: Household Hazardous Waste Disposal in cooperation with Stafford County, bulk item pickup, and weekly street sweeping within the City's limits.