Local Government Leaders

Many resources are available to help your community contribute to the health of our rivers. Get Involved!
    • Natural Resource Conservation Service (more)
    • The NRCS administers several water resource programs in Virginia to assist local governments and private constituents with protecting, restoring and enhancing local watersheds. The programs provide technical and financial assistance to reduce damage from flooding and erosion while building partnerships among constituents. In addition, some of these programs can help improve water supplies and recreational opportunities which can be beneficial for attracting new business interests.
    • VA Department of Environmental Quality: Stormwater Management – Municipal level (more)
    • Department of Environmental Quality staff provide technical assistance to localities and citizens related to stormwater management. The Virginia Stormwater Management Program addresses both stormwater management and erosion and sediment control.
    • Upper Tennessee River Roundtable (more)
    • The Upper Tennessee Round Table is a non-profit organization with an overall interest in improving water quality in the upper Tennessee River basin. We work as a collaborative group of stakeholders to address water quality issues in the Clinch, Powell, and Holston rivers.
Watershed Protection Tools for Local Government
    • Center for Watershed Protection (more)
      Tools and resources for local initiatives on storm water management, low-impact development, ordinances to help protect and manage water resources
    • Virginia Environmental Endowment (more)
      The Virginia Mini-Grant Program supports community-based efforts to strengthen environmental education and to promote stewardship of Virginia’s waterways. These are intended to be one-time, start-up grants, and preference is given to modest local projects.
    • Low Impact Development Center (publications)
    • Model Ordinances to Protect Resources (more)
    • National Stormwater Best Management Practices Database (more)
      This database provides access to stormwater BMP performance data in a standardized format for over 170 BMP studies conducted over the past fifteen years. The database was developed by the Urban Water Resources Research Council (UWRRC) of ASCE under a cooperative agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency.
    • The Stormwater Manager’s Resource Center (SMRC) (more)
      Designed specifically for stormwater practitioners, local government officials and others that need technical assistance on stormwater management issues.