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Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

The Draft Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan 2012 Update has been prepared collaboratively with the participating localities, regional hazard mitigation steering committee, and the state agencies. The 2012 update is to the 2007 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This 2012 Plan update fulfills the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning mandates for localities to remain eligible for disaster relief funding. This Draft Plan update is currently being reviewed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and upon acceptance, will be advanced to FEMA for approval.  Once FEMA-approved, the localities will consider the Plan update for public comment and formal adoption later this calendar year.

For more information contact Jill Keihn at NSVregion.org This Plan update was prepared under VDEM funding through HMGP-DR-1874-1 grant funding. Stay tuned for more information on the NSVemergecy.org webpage, currently under construction.

Stormwater Management Workshop Proceedings

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) held a 'Stormwater Rollout Workshop on August 6, 2012. The sessions provided valuable information for jurisdictions regarding new regulations for local development of stormwater programs.  To download PDF versions of the presentations click a link below.

Stormwater Regulatory Overview & Update - Ginny Snead, PE

Local SWM Program Elements & Tools – Joan Salvati, Guidance & Program Development Mgr.

Virginia E-Permitting - Gerry Seeley, DCR Website Development Coordinator

To view the complete slide presentations online go to:

To visit the DCR web page follow this link:

State Submits Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP II) to EPA

On March 30, 2012 Virginia submitted the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP II) for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Program to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To view the documents, click a link below:

Virginia Phase II WIP Submission

Cover Letter: Virginia Phase II WIP Submission

There will be a public comment period on the above WIP from April 1-May 31, 2012. Comments or questions on the draft Phase II WIP should be sent to vabaytmdl@dcr.virginia.gov. Written comments and inquiries should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. For additional questions contact (i) James Davis-Martin, Department of Conservation and Recreation, 900 East Main Street, 8th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 786-1795, or email james.davis-martin@dcr.virginia.gov or (ii) Russ Baxter, Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone (804) 698-4382, or email russ.baxter@deq.virginia.gov. For more info please go to the following links:

U.S. EPA's Bay TMDL web page
Department of Conservation & Recreation’s TMDL Web page
Executive Order Action Plan for 2012 (released March 30, 2012) 

NSV Counties File Response to DCR

On February 1, 2012 the NSVRC submitted to the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) a five-county response to the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).  DCR  considered the regional input (as well as input received from other Bay localities) as they developed the Virginia Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), submitted to U.S. EPA on March 30, 2012. 

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional County WIP II will be followed by multiple opportunities to update, provide input into this process, and revise TMDL information.  There will be annual reports to DCR from localities on their progress of meeting the targeted pollutant goals.  There will also be biannual forecasting reports listing how a locality plans to continue to meet the 2025 goals  For example, after the submittal of the Phase II WIP to EPA, the State plans to meet with localities to help them forecast and document best management practices in their 2014 / 2015 report.  If you are interested in more information on the Bay TMDL program or wish to be placed on a TMDL distribution list, please contact jkeihn@nsvregion.org.

Feb 1, 2012 Regional WIP II Documents Submitted to DCR:

Northern Shenandoah 5 County Region WIP II Report

NSV Strategies and Resources

Transmittal Letter to DCR

To read more about the TMDL implementation CLICK HERE.

To access local pollutant goal data  CLICK HERE.   (A word of warning: This is a large data file that can take several minutes to download. Patience and a broadband connection are strongly advised)
This excel workbook includes the raw data as well as the data summary tables.  Choose the geographic extent of the data you want displayed by using the drop down boxes at the top of the pages.

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is the measurement standard the EPA will apply in the attempt to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The standards will affect localities throughout the massive 64,000 square mile watershed where impacts will be felt in the areas of water, waste water and storm water management.


Draft Regional Water Supply Plan
This link has been updated with the draft plan revision dated Sept. 18, 2011.
(Broadband connection and patience are helpful when downloading this large file).

Spreadsheet Data of Existing Water Supplies and Uses 2002, 2003, 2008
(Broadband connection and patience are helpful when downloading this large file).

About the Regional Water Supply Plan, July 2011


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