Water Resources Program  |  Education

Through the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education PartnershipAlbemarle County works with other local entities to regularly educate the pubic about water pollution, stormwater management, and how they might change their habits to have a positive impact on our local water resources.

For additional educational information, visit the website of the  Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership. 

Stormwater Education Hits the Silver Screen
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce peoples’ contributions to stream pollution, the
Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership has gone Hollywood.   During the summers of 2008 and 2009, the partnership placed some ads in movie theaters -- the still ads which precede the conventional ads which precede the trailers which precede the actual movie.  Had you been there, you would have seen three eye-catching educational ads depicting usual activities -- caring for your lawn, washing your car, and taking your pet out for a bathroom break -- being done in an unusual place: on the water surface of a river or lake.  The take-home message of the ads is that -- because driveways and streets are often connected through pipes directly to streams -- whatever you do on the land ... you (effectively) do on the water.

Water Pollution Ad

Please visit this website for more information about the education partnership.

Visit the County Office Property to Explore Multiple Stormwater Demonstration Projects
With the recent construction of a raingarden (see below), the County's office property at McIntire Road is overflowing with features that serve to protect water resources.  These features include:

  • greenroof - vegetated soil layer traps and uses rainfall; runoff is reduced; also provides thermal insulation and protects roof
  • rain tank - currently used to collect runoff data from greenroof; water can be used
  • rain garden - a vegetated hollow that captures and stores runoff for infiltration and use by vegetation
  • rain barrel - collects and stores runoff from roof tops for subsequent use
  • pervious pavers - an alternative to pavement; rainfall is stored within spaces and then soaks into the ground
  • stormvault - an underground structure that removes pollutants from runoff

The following brochure describes the purpose and details of the features in more detail.  Print out the brochure (which also includes a map) to facilitate a self-guided tour.

Stormwater Demonstration Projects  (1,321 KB)  - describes the purpose and details of the features in more detail.  Print out the brochure (which also includes a map) to facilitate a self-guided tour

Adopted Water Protection Ordinance Amendment
On February 14, 2007, the Board of Supervisors passed an amendment to the Water Protection Ordinance that prohibits the discharging or dumping of non-stormwater pollutants into the storm drainage system or natural streams.  This amendment is part of a comprehensive effort to keep the area's streams healthy.  Non-stormwater pollutants - such as pet wastes, cleaning chemicals, food scraps, trash, and vehicle fluids - can be a major source of pollutants in streams.  Many people don't realize that storm drains and pipes are often directly connected to streams - and do not pass through a water treatment plant.

For more information, see the executive summary and adopted text amendments.
Staff contact:
Greg Harper

Guidance Manuals
Water Resources staff have developed three short brochures to enhance the public's understanding of water resources topics:

Stormwater Matters   (3,135 KB)  - helps owners of stormwater management facilities (such as detention ponds) understand their responsibility in properly maintaining these facilities
Groundwater Matters   (453 KB)  - a guide to help County homeowners understand and protect their well water
Stream Buffers and Water Quality  (1,065 KB)  - a property owner's guide to manage riparian buffers and protect water resources