Water in the 2014 Virginia General Assembly: One-year Delay in Local Stormwater Program Implementation Sought by Va. Assoc. of Counties

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) is asking the 2014 Virginia General Assembly to pass legislation postponing for one year (from July 2014 until July 2015) the date for localities to begin implementing local stormwater-management programs.  VACO passed a resolution in November 2013 calling for the one-year delay.  The costs of implementing a local stormwater program have raised concerns by various local governing bodies.  The requirement for all localities to have a stormwater-management program was part of legislation by the 2012 General Assembly.

Sources: Localities seek stormwater program delay, Charlottesville Daily Progress, 1/14/13;
Extra year wanted for starting stormwater programs, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/7/14; Gloucester supervisors seek delay of new environmental regulations, Daily Press, 1/7/14; New [stormwater] mandates coming down the pipeline, Hanover Herald-Progress, 12/23/13.  New stormwater regulations could prove costly, Henrico Citizen, 12/20/13.

For a large number of other news articles on stormwater-management developments in Virginia and other Chesapeake Bay-watershed areas since early 2013, please the see Water Central News Grouper post,  Virginia Localities Working to Meet Stormwater Program Implementation Deadline of July 1, 2014; Other Bay States’ Localities Also at Work on Stormwater Issues, including Stormwater Role in Chesapeake Bay TMDL.

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