Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that flows over the ground. Land in a natural condition soaks up the water. In areas with buildings, roads and parking lots, the water flows over these surfaces into storm drains. Storm drains lead to streams, not to a wastewater treatment facility. Anything that goes down a storm drain goes directly to the nearest stream. Stormwater management controls this polluted runoff by sending it through the storm drainage system and then to lakes and streams. This reduces the pollution that reaches the Chesapeake Bay and helps prevent flooding.
- Stormy the Raindrop is a Best of Category Winner in the National Association of Counties 2012 Achievement Awards!
- The Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program is a competitive application process to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods by supporting projects and initiatives that assist in achieving the county's vision elements. For more information see the Neighborhood Enhancement Partnership Program website or call 703-324-5639, TTY 711.
- Countywide Stormwater Service District
- Public Service Announcements (Videos) - Dog Waste, Stop Bagging Our Streams, Please Don't Litter
- How is Stormwater Related to Drinking Water and Wastewater?
- Proper Discharge of Swimming Pool Water
- Car Washing the Right Way
- What's that Stuff in the Stream?
- Litter | Stream Litter
- Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit
- Public Design Standards - Public Facilities Manual (See Chapter 6)