Stormwater is the runoff resulting from a rain event. Problems with stormwater occur when a large amount of rainfall happens in a short period of time. The ground becomes saturated and cannot absorb the water, so it becomes runoff. Impervious surfaces such as concrete and asphalt also prevent the ground from absorbing runoff. Capital improvements address both drainage problems and water quality improvement needs.
Projects are funded through various sources and agencies. Some of the more common sources are the Town’s Stormwater Enterprise Fund, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF), Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Revenue Sharing, and the Town’s General Fund. The stormwater enterprise fund and utility fee provide the resources needed to operate and maintain the Town’s stormwater system, fund capital improvements, and comply with the state and federal requirements of having an MS-4 program for water quality improvement.