Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Act; consolidation of programs, opt-out for locations. (SB673)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Act; consolidation of programs; opt-out for certain localities; penalties. Combines existing statutory programs relating to soil erosion and stormwater management, directing the State Water Control Board (the Board) to permit, regulate, and control both erosion and stormwater runoff. The bill requires any locality that operates a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) or a Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) to adopt a Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program (VESMP) that regulates any land-disturbing activity that disturbs an area of 10,000 square feet or more, or 2,500 square feet or more if in a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area. A locality that lacks an MS4 and for which the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is currently administering a VSMP is required to (i) adopt such a VESMP, (ii) adopt such a VESMP with DEQ conducting plan review and making recommendations on the compliance of each plan with technical criteria, or (iii) continue to operate a separate Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program (VESCP) that regulates any disturbance of 10,000 square feet or more and, in a Preservation Area, regulates a disturbance of 2,500 square feet or more and meets certain other requirements. Any eligible locality that chooses the third option is to have a VSMP administered on its behalf by the Board for any land-disturbing activity that disturbs one acre or more of land, including an activity that disturbs a smaller area but is part of a larger development that results in a disturbance of one acre or more. Towns are afforded additional options in relation to the counties in which they are located. The bill directs certain charges or penalties to the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund, which provides matching grants to local governments for stormwater best management practices. Finally, the bill directs DEQ to evaluate fees related to the consolidated Virginia Erosion and Stormwater Management Program and directs the Board to adopt regulations to carry out the purposes of the bill, delaying the effective date of the bill until the later of July 1, 2017, or 30 days after the adoption of such regulations. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/19/2016Presented and ordered printed 16104330D
01/19/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/04/2016Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB673)
02/08/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2016Read second time
02/09/2016Reading of amendments waived
02/09/2016Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2016Engrossed by Senate as amended SB673E
02/09/2016Printed as engrossed 16104330D-E
02/10/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2016Placed on Calendar
02/12/2016Read first time
02/12/2016Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/16/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB673E)
02/17/2016Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2016Read second time
02/19/2016Read third time
02/19/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/19/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2016Enrolled
02/22/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB673ER)
02/22/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB673ER)
02/22/2016Signed by President
02/22/2016Signed by Speaker
02/22/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/22/16
02/22/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 29, 2016
02/29/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 68 (effective 7/1/16)
02/29/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 68 (effective - see bill)
02/29/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0068)