The City of Hopewell owns and operates a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) which is regulated under the Federal Clean Water Act. Therefore, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) requires that the City comply with the Commonwealth’s General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems, affectionately referred to as the MS4 Permit (9VAC25-890-40)
This permit requires that the City implement 6 Minimum Control Measures (MCMs):
- Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts;
- Public involvement & participation;
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination;
- Construction site stormwater runoff control;
- Post-construction stormwater management on new and re-development projects; and
- Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations.
City has initiated numerous programs and activities to comply with these MCMs. The City’s MS4 Program Plan details these activities and is combined with the Annual Report submitted each year to VDEQ.
The City’s most recent MS4 Program Annual Report can be accessed here:
In addition to these 6 MCMs, the City is required to implement water quality projects to address the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of pollutants into the Appomattox River, the James River, and the Chesapeake Bay. The TMDL is basically the measure of the allowable amount of pollutants: nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment, and bacteria that can be discharged into these water bodies and still be considered healthy for recreation.
In order to comply with these requirements, the City has developed a Chesapeake Bay Action Plan and a Bacteria Action Plan for the Appomattox and James Rivers.