Welcome to James Madison University's stormwater management website provided by the Engineering Department of Facilities Management. Here you will find general information about the stormwater management plan that the University is implementing as well as links to a variety of sites related to water quality and stormwater management.
What is stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground.
Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly into places like Newman Lake, Blacks Run or Siberts Creek. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies that flow through our community.
What is stormwater management?
Stormwater management is the process of controlling stormwater runoff for the purpose of reducing erosion, water quality degradation and flooding. Stormwater management control measures are often referred to as Best Management Practices (BMP). BMP's can either be structural or nonstructural measures taken to mitigate changes to both the quantity and quality of runoff.
How can we improve stormwater quality?
Stormwater pollution can be controlled if everyone plays a part in managing stormwater runoff. The most effective way to reduce stormwater pollution is to prevent pollutants from entering the system in the first place.
A few things you can do to help prevent stormwater pollution:
Stormwater Pollution Hotline
If you notice any illicit discharges or have concerns about practices
on JMU grounds or construction projects please contact our Stormwater
Coordinator by phone at (540) 568-7606 or email at
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that certain communities create a Stormwater Management Plan under the Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The program is intended to improve water quality by reducing the discharge of pollutants from storm water runoff into local storm drains, rivers, ponds, streams and other receiving waterbodies.
James Madison University is one of the communities affected by this Phase II rule in Virginia. In order to comply with the Permit Program, a plan has been developed which is comprised of the following six elements:
1. Public Education and Outreach
2. Public Participation/Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
4. Construction Site Runoff Control
5. Post Construction Runoff Control
6. Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
To learn more about what JMU is doing to reduce their contribution to stormwater pollution you may view the entire plan here.
2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
Every fiscal year an annual report is prepared detailing measures taken by JMU to meet the minimum control measures. Best management practices are sometimes modified to reflect procedural changes. If you have comments or feedback regarding the plan or for more information contact:
Telephone: (540) 568-7606