Water Resources Program  |  Capital Projects

watersheds of Powell Creek near CrozetWhile new land development is required to manage stormwater generated by the development, most of the impervious surfaces within the County - probably around 90% - were built prior to water protection requirements and have no - or very limited - stormwater management.  The lack of stormwater management in urban areas contributes greatly to the impairment of local streams and other waters.

The goal of the Water Resources Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is to incorporate stormwater management into areas of the County with a high density of development in order to lesson impacts on water resources - in part to meet pollution reduction requirements driven by the federal TMDL program

Below is a listing of major Water Resources capital projects - past and present - with links to more information.


Project Description Status (as of Jan 2019)
Hollymead Dam Reinforcement Project Improvements include reinforcement of the downstream slope using articulated concrete blocks (ACBs), replacement of the primary outfall structure, and minor maintenance of the spillway conduit.  Construction commencing in early January 2019. 
Colonial Basin Stormwater Improvements Stormwater improvements to eliminate erosion and sinkholes on a detention basin owned by Albemarle County. Improvements included excavation of sediment deposits, relocation of a stormwater pipe, and planting of native vegetation. Construction Completed in July of 2018
Church Road Constructed Wetlands “Stormwater retrofit” of an existing dry detention basin into a constructed wetlands facility. The facility treats runoff from nearly 70 highly impervious acres in the Albemarle County urban area. Each wetland cell includes a deep pool, a high marsh, and riparian upland. Both the wetlands and riparian areas were planted with native vegetation. Major construction was completed in April, 2015
Four Seasons Stream Restoration Restoration activities involved channel grading to reconnect the channel to the floodplain; installation of riffle and pool sequences to improve aquatic habitat; installation rock sills/vanes, wood sills/vanes, and toe wood structures to ensure channel stability; and planting of native vegetation. Major construction was completed in March, 2015
Woodbrook Lagoons Enhancement Project Project to divert, temporarily store, and filter runoff from two urban streams.  Includes the enhancement of onsite wetlands, stream improvements, and vegetation management.  This project was fund, in part, though a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Completed January 2012. Link to plans.
Downtown Crozet Stormwater Wetlands New facility to treat stormwater from a 55-acre watershed in the downtown area of Crozet prior to discharging into Powells Creek.  This project is being funded, in part, through the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund and a grant from the Rivanna River Basin Commission. Major construction was completed in 2013.
County Office Building Parking Lot Biofilter Vegetated biofilter adjacent to McIntire Road that will capture and treat runoff from the majority of the office building's lower parking lot.  This project is being funded, in part, through the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.

Completed September 2011.  Link to plans.

Four Seasons Shoreline Improvement Landscaping and "waterscaping" plan to enhance the aesthetics of the shoreline, improve water quality, and reduce attractiveness of pond to resident geese. Completed June 2010.
Broadus Wood Elementary Biofilter Biofilter to capture and treat runoff from a parking lot of the school; project will address downstream erosion issues. Completed summer 2007.
Claudius Crozet Park Biofilters Several biofilters to Improve stormwater management within the park and eliminate a ball trap. Completed summer 2007.
Birnam Basin Improvements Constructed channel, planted trees, and a vegetation management plant enhance the functionality and aesthetics of a large detention basin adjacent to Charlotte Humphris Park. Completed in 2006.

The construction phase of major capital projects is managed by the Office of Facilities Development (OFD staff contact: Frank Pohl).

Staff contact: Greg Harper