Surface Water Regulation

On June 2, 2016, the City of Virginia Beach was reissued its new Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Phase I permit. This permit allows the city to discharge stormwater from its stormwater system into surface waters.  The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administers eleven Phase I MS4 permits in Virginia. 

This is part of a national program under the Clean Water Act administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System. The goal of this permit program is to prevent pollutants from entering surface waters to ensure that the stormwater does not hurt water quality or people’s health. The permit will be effective on July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021.​