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Stormwater Management

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.

General Information

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:

  • Never dump anything down storm drains
  • Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in a driveway or parking lot
  • Promptly repair vehicle and equipment leaks
  • Clean up pet waste and dispose it in the garbage or flush it down the toilet
  • Properly dispose household waste
  • Utilize campus recycling programs

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 chestndl@jmu.edu.

Please be prepared to give the following information if possible:
     Source of pollution.
     Location of problem.
     Responsible party (if known).
     Date and time.

EPA Regulations
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.

MS4 Plan Cover Sheet  

JMU MS4 Program Plan

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:

Dale Chestnut
Stormwater Coordinator
University Services Building
Room 201B-C, MSC 7004
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Telephone: (540) 568-7606
Email: chestndl@jmu.edu


Web Links


Local Organizations

JMU Recycling Information

City of Harrisonburg - Stormwater Management Program

City of Harrisonburg - Cleanstream Website

Blacks Run - Downtown Clean Up Day

Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum/

Valley Conservation Council

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay



Educational Information

EPA - Stormwater Education Resources

EPA - "After the Storm" Materials

DCR - Nonpoint Source Pollution Information

The Chesapeake Bay Program - Urban Stormwater Information

Virginia Stormwater Management Program

DCR - Virginia Stormwater Management Program

EPA - Stormwater Program Requirements

DEQ - VPDES Stormwater Permitting

DCR - Virginia Adopt a Stream Program

DEQ - Water Information and TMDLS