09 December 2013
New federal regulations are forcing Virginia communities to manage storm water runoff in urban areas, a costly assignment and a creative challenge for municipalities.

BY CHASE PURDY
The Roanoke Times

The rain will continue to fall from the clouds, but starting in July, depending on where it lands, those tiny drops will also start adding up in dollars.

Communities across Virginia are bracing for a change in federal regulations this summer that will ask local governments to manage the rainwater that lands on urban landscapes.

The latest set of standards is set to take effect in July, signaling to municipal engineering offices that it is time to physically expand their effort to control the quantity and quality of runoff entering regional waterways. The methods for achieving that goal can be as creative as they are expensive, and the path to compliance won’t be straightforward, experts and engineers say. 

Read the rest of the story in The Roanoke Times.
 
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