Storm Water Management

Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan

PVCC is seeking public comment regarding the PVCC Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan. 

The Action Plan can be found at this link: PVCC Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan.

If you would like to comment on the plan, please email Chesapeake Public Comment. PVCC will be accepting public comment through October 12, 2015.  

MS4 Permit

The College's storm water discharges are regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality via an MS4 (Small Municipal Separate Storm Water Sewer Systems) Permit. As part of the permit responsibilities, PVCC must submit an MS4 Annual Report to the Department of Environmental Quality to show that we are meeting our established BMP's (Best Management Practices.) 
MS4 General Permit Annual Report
If you have any questions or would like to comment on the MS4 plan, please do not hesitate to contact the Facilities Manager at the contact information below.

Dam Management and Maintenance

The College has a permit to operate a Class III Dam. Dam inspections are performed annually and reported to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Rivanna Regional Storm Water Educational Partnership

The Rivanna Regional Storm Water Education Partnership is a collaborative effort among the local entities that hold storm water permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program. These permits relate to the operation of municipal storm sewer systems and require the permit holders to achieve numerous goals related to education, outreach and public participation in storm water management. Regulatory authority for the program falls under the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board under the oversight of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

PVCC manages illicit discharges by weekly detection. The grounds supervisor visually screens all regulated outfalls for illicit discharges, including illegal dumping. If illicit discharges are observed, PVCC will implement a phased program to correct the situation.

To prevent unnecessary illicit discharges, PVCC services and washes vehicles off-site at a commercial facility.

If you notice any illicit discharges on PVCC property, or tributaries that flow onto the PVCC property, please contact PVCC's Facilities Manager at 434.961.5447.

Brochure - Prevent Water Pollution at PVCC

Presentation - Illicit Discharges and Water Pollution Prevention at PVCC

Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is required to develop, implement and enforce a program to reduce the discharge of pollutants associated with construction activity into their municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4).  Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) Programs are integral components of all design, construction maintenance, and management of college facilities.

PVCC, in conjunction with Virginia Community College System, has implemented rules and regulations in its ESC and SWM programs, which are enforced during the planning, permitting and construction phase by PVCC staff and third party inspectors. Staff is responsible for conducting regular inspections of the site during construction. Public concern and input associated with runoff from construction activity is received by email at or by calling the Facilities Manager at (434) 961-5447.

For more information, refer to the EPA’s factsheet on Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control.