The Virginia Stormwater Management BMP Clearinghouse is a web site established to serve several key purposes:
- Disseminate the design standards and specifications of all stormwater best management practices (BMPs) approved for use in Virginia to control the quality and/or quantity of stormwater runoff. This information covers the following categories of stormwater BMPs:
Traditional practices, such as detention or wet ponds;
Low impact development (LID) practices, such as bioretention and roof drain disconnection;
Environmental site design (ESD) practices, such as cluster development and land conservation; and
Manufactured treatment devices (MTDs), such as hydrodynamic separators and filters.
- Disseminate the results of Virginia’s process to evaluate and certify the performance claims of manufactured/proprietary BMPs approved for use in Virginia; and
- Provide information and links to related websites to those who must comply with the Virginia Stormwater Management Law and Regulations.
The BMP Clearinghouse is jointly administered by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC). The DEQ and VWRRC have jointly established an oversight committee, called the Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Committee. The committee members represent various stakeholder groups involved with stormwater management. The Committee provides advice and direction for the Clearinghouse project and is governed by a charter (pdf or htm).
The BMP Clearinghouse is organized to allow different types of users, from regulators to BMP owners, to quickly find specific information of interest. Across the top of each page are a set of administrative links to search either within the site or the world wide web. Along the left side of each page are a set of links to regulatory and technical information pertaining to key elements and functions of the BMP Clearinghouse.
Menu items are nested so the navigation bar expands as users go deeper into the site. “Anchors” are provided on pages with many different sections so users can find the information at the bottom of the page more easily. We have also provided “hot links” in the text to related information within the site.
At this time, the BMP Clearinghouse website is fairly static, pointing the user to documents in Adobe PDF format. A link is provided to obtain a free download of the current version of the Adobe Reader software. Eventually, we plan for the website to be driven by a database of textual elements, which will allow for more flexible access to the information contained in the site.
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