Environmental Services participates in a variety of programs that improve water quality and ensure they are safe for drinking, recreation, and wildlife. The programs reduce run-off, pollutants and sediment entering our streams, as well as prevent flooding and drainage issues.
Environmental Services has consistently met or exceeded requirements of state and federal mandates to control pollution, illicit discharges, nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and other unwanted materials from entering our local waterways and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS 4)
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issues a five year permit to the County to allow for the discharge of storm water into waterways. This permit, known as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, is a federal requiment from the Clean Water Act. It requires the County to maintain and improve our storm water infrastructure, which supports clean up of the Chesapeake Bay. Prince William County's current permit is under revision. Click here to review a copy of our current permit and annual report.
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)
The Commonwealth of Virginia is commited to limiting pollutants entering waterways and eventually the Chesapeake Bay through its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program. The County, like all communities in Virginia, must take steps and implement programs to reduce the total pounds of nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients entering our local streams, creeks and rivers. The County has an active storm water pond retrofit, stream restoration and urban nutrient management program working toward this important goal.
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act
The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act was enacted in 1988 to improve water quality in the state and Chesapeake Bay. The act requires localities to implement a variety of strategies to control run-off and pollution including stream buffers, best management practices on environmentally sensitive areas. These areas are known as Resource Protection Areas (RPAs) and Resource Management Areas (RMAs). Landowners are responsible for knowing certain restrictions for activities on these areas.
Virginia Storm Water Management Program
Virginia Environmental Excellece Program