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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The clock is ticking for local governments. Beginning in 2014, many local governments must plan, finance, and implement stormwater management/ pollutant reduction action plans that achieve a significant decrease in polluted stormwater runoff within the next 10 to 15 years. These plans are required to meet regulatory commitments associated with Virginia Stormwater Management Program and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) stormwater permits, Virgina’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), and the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (Bay TMDL) allocations.

To achieve our water quality goals, we will need to take a coordinated, structured, and collaborative approach - coordinating across sectors and creating alignment in our policies, funding, and programs to achieve a Collective Impact.1 This will require not only a certain level of commitment from a diverse group of stakeholders, but also require a certain amount of trust. It will likewise require local, regional, state, and Bay-wide programs and efforts to align their programs to support share goals



Water quality management--Virginia--Congresses; Best management practices (Pollution prevention)--Virginia--Congresses