Stormwater Pollution Prevention

About Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Rainwater and the water we use on campus transfers debris, and harmful chemicals, like pesticides, fertilizers and motor oil into storm drains. Those toxins end up choking our waterways and are a threat to human and animal life. The good news is that stormwater pollution can easily be prevented. We can all positively contribute to the health and value of our local waterways. This site gives you tips on what you can do to help keep our waterways clean and information about the stormwater pollution prevention program, regulations and training opportunities.

Stormwater draining from each campus is collected by individual storm sewer systems that function independently of each campus’ respective county or city systems.

These systems are regulated as small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The general permit authorizes NOVA’s storm sewer system to discharge into surface waters within Virginia state boundaries.

MS4 Regulatory Documents

MS4 Program Plan Documentation

MS4 Program Plan Manuals

MS4 Program Total Maximum Daily Loads Action Plans

MS4 Annual Reports

Nutrient Management Plans

For more information about stormwater management at NOVA or to provide input on the MS4 Program Plan or to report an illicit discharge on your campus, please contact:

Contact Campus Phone
David C. Trimble, P.G. Program Administrator 703.764.5095
Kathy Clement Alexandria 703.845.6279
Harold Foster Annandale 703.323.3268
Robert Diggs Loudoun 703.450.2655
Daniel Bieger Manassas 703.257.6636
Robert Bullard Springfield 703.822.6509
Anthony Harbert Woodbridge 703.878.5655

To provide comments regarding the Stormwater Program or any of the documents listed on the webpage, please email your comments to

  1. Help out during environmental events.
  2. Hang environmental awareness posters in campus buildings.
  3. Affix storm drain labels to storm inlets on campus.
  4. Garden clean-up & trees, shrub & perennial plantings.
  5. Trash pick-up on campus or at a local stream.
  6. Inventorying & assessing building recycling bin placement.