Combined sewer overflow outfalls; compliance with regulations, Chesapeake Bay Watershed. (SB372)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Combined sewer overflow outfalls; compliance with regulations; Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Extends from July 1, 2025, to July 1, 2026, the date by which certain combined sewer overflow (CSO) outfalls that discharge into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed must be in compliance with Virginia law, the federal Clean Water Act, and the Presumption Approach described in the EPA CSO Control Policy, unless a higher level of control is necessary to comply with a total maximum daily load. This bill is identical to HB 71. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101406D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/16/2024Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2024Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/19/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB372)
01/30/2024Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/31/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Read second time and engrossed
02/02/2024Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/14/2024Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Read second time
02/19/2024Read third time
02/19/2024Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB372ER)
02/21/2024Signed by Speaker
02/22/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB372ER)
02/24/2024Signed by President
03/01/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2024
03/01/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 8, 2024
03/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 6 (effective 7/1/24)
03/08/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0006)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB71.


WHP writes:

This bill should include a provision on litter clogging drains to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. A day after heavy, steady rain wreaked havoc in parts of Memphis, leaving area roads swamped with inches of water, residents want answers about why the flooding happened in the first place. A City of Memphis spokesperson said litter that residents throw out on the side of the road clogs up the drains. They said residents throw leaf clippings, and even pour motor oil and grease down the drains causing backups and flooding much like what occurred in 2022.

Memphis resident George Rutschman said the rain was so heavy, that flooding overtook his community, causing his trash bags to float down the block.

"There was so much rain that they floated around the corner, which is pretty amazing in and of itself because that would have been 100 feet, there was that much water," Rutschman said. The same happens in Alexandria, Arlington, Richmond with its homeless encampments since people don't pick up their littering. Littering should increase to a $5000 crime + deportation if the litterer is illegal.

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