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VHCC Stormwater Program Overview 

Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) owns and operates a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4).  The college’s MS4 consists of features such as curb and gutter, drop inlets, ditches, and stormwater management facilities to convey, treat, and ultimately discharge stormwater runoff to surface waters.  The discharge of runoff from the MS4 is regulated under the Clean Water Act, as amended and pursuant to the State Water Control Law and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.  VHCC is authorized to discharge stormwater runoff from the Abingdon campus’s MS4 under the Virginia Stormwater Management Program regulations, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Regulations (VPDES), and the Virginia State Water Control Law.  

VHCC has been issued permit coverage to discharge stormwater by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and in accordance with the General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small MS4s (General Permit).  Compliance with the General Permit requires VHCC to develop, implement, and enforce an MS4 program.  The guidance document that describes how the college will maintain compliance with the General Permit is the VHCC MS4 Program Plan.  The Program Plan is required to include a description of the best management practices to address permit-specific requirements for the following minimum control measures (MCMs):

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Involvement and Participation
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
  5. Post-construction Stormwater Management
  6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
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The VHCC MS4 Program Plan is provided on this webpage.  VHCC encourages our students, faculty and staff to review the plan and provide any input by emailing or calling (276)739-2510.

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