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


Project Description Status (as of 8/26/13)
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 is being funding, in part, though a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. All project work complete. Inflow to sand filter area partially restricted until vegetation more established. Fence at entrance to be installed in October. 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. All major construction has been completed and vegetation planted. Water flow has recently been established from forebay through wetland cells.
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