Public Education & Outreach

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​​​​​Water quality monitoring​

City staff are monitoring stormwater quality in watersheds within Virginia Beach to develop long term stormwater quality trends for different land uses. The data collected through this effort will be used to help with restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.  There are two of these long term water quality monitoring stations installed in the city that are supported by the USGS and HRSD to help establish the long term trends in our area. City staff also perform routine monitoring to measure treatment effectiveness of existing stormwater management facilities. Field monitoring equipment as well as lab services are utilized for testing the substances of interest ranging from nutrients, sediment, bacteria and any other site specific pollutants of concern. A summary of the monitoring data collected each year is included in the MS4 Permit annual report​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Contact the City at vbstormwater@vbgov.com to learn more about ways to partner with the City to address water quality concerns in your area. Capital Improvement Program funding may be available for water quality montoring and improvements.

​Stormwater outreach

To facilitate stormwater activities and education, the City of Virginia Public Outreach.jpgBeach does the following:

  • Develops and implements public outreach programs to engage residents and visitors
  • Offers many stormwater-related outreach programs and activities for our residents, volunteer groups, students, and teachers to learn about and participate in stormwater programs.
  • Works with non-profit organizations, homeowner associations, schools, and businesses to help them reduce runoff and water pollution.

​We can all take steps to keep our waterways healthy and help reduce localized flooding.  Find out what you can do to help.


Volunteer opportunities

Adopt-a-Drain Volunteer to stop pollution at the storm drain by clearing debris from around your adopted drain at least six times per year

Storm Drain Marker Program - You and your family or volunteer group can mark storm drains to help raise awareness about protecting storm drains

Other Adopt-a Programs – You and your family or volunteer group can adopt an area to keep litter-free

Clean the Bay Day Organize your team to participate in this one-day marine debris cleanup. Each year, on the first Saturday of June, thousands of Virginians descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove litter and debris, thus helping improve water quality in local streams, rivers, and the Bay.

Virginia Aquarium Citizen Science - Help monitor water quality in Virginia Beach by sampling local waterways

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) Citizen Science Program - Submit water quality monitoring data to VDEQ

Partnerships

The City of Virginia Beach participates in regional organizations and partners with non-profit groups with similar missions to improve water quality through public education and grant programs. Some of these partnerships help provide cost-sharing and technical assistance to address natural resource and stormwater concerns on private property. 

askHRgreen.org - a public awareness program in partnership with the 16 cities and counties of Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission​

Lynnhaven River NOW a non-profit organization focused on restoring and protecting the Lynnhaven River

Elizabeth River Project a non-profit organization focused on restoring the Elizabeth River

Lynnhaven River NOW and Elizabeth River Project offer programs that make voluntary installation of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) more affordable. These organizations offer cost-share programs for residential homes to implement BMPs, such as rain gardens, infiltration trenches, rain barrels, and nutrient managment plans. If you live in the Lynnhaven or Elizabeth River watersheds, contact your respective organization for more information.

Outside the Lynnhaven or Elizabeth River watersheds, consider the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program. This program is administered by the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District and offers grant funding for BMPs designed to manage stormwater runoff onsite.

Protect our waterways. Report stormwater pollution by calling (757) 385-1470.