Combined sewer overflow outfalls; James River watershed. (SB1064)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland) with support from co-patron Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Environmental Quality; combined sewer overflow outfalls; James River watershed. Requires the owner or operator of any combined sewer overflow (CSO) system east of Charlottesville that discharges into the James River watershed to submit to the Department of Environmental Quality an interim and a final plan to address the requirements of any consent special order issued by the State Water Control Board. The bill specifies dates by which the owner or operator must initiate construction and complete work to carry out such plans. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104654D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/29/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1064)
02/04/2020Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/06/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Read second time
02/11/2020Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2020Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1064E
02/11/2020Printed as engrossed 20104654D-E
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/14/2020Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
02/24/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/24/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/25/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1064E)
02/26/2020Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Committee substitute printed 20108976D-H1
02/28/2020Read second time
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108976D-H1
03/02/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1064H1
03/02/2020Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Title replaced 20108976D-H1
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1064H1)
03/06/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1064ER)
03/06/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB1064ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/07/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 634 (effective 7/1/20)
04/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0634)


Linda J Jones writes:

If $400,000,000 is needed to fix the system why is Richmond allowing huge new building to be built? (DOMINION, NEW CIVIL WAR CENTER, WESTROCK etc etc. Shouldn't the drainage and drinking water be a priority? If a corporation or developer wants to build shouldn't they participate in being responsible FIRST to help build structure that works for everyone in the city? How does this continue to happen?
The public can continue to clean up the trash but we can't control the city dumping sewage.
Linda Jones

Richard Owens writes:

I strongly encourage our state lawmakers to work to solve the problem of sewer overflow in Richmond. It’s disgusting and shameful to have this happening here. The James River is the focal point of our capital city and is enjoyed by many central Virginians not just Richmonders. Can we work to clean up this mess by funding the upgrades to the sewer system? Well done Senators Stuart and Dunnavant!

April rice writes:

I community should be outraged that there is sewage overflow into our river. This is hazardous not only our families but wildlife and other environmental ecosystems in the James River vicinity. I urge lawmakers to work to solve this problem quickly

Wendy Wallo writes:

I think the separation of waste water sewage and storm water is important for health reasons.