Stormwater Management in the Town of Warrenton
Why do we need stormwater management?
As the landscape becomes more developed, forests and farmlands are being converted into shopping malls and housing developments. Impervious surfaces such as parking lots, roads or rooftops, cannot absorb water as the native soil and vegetation does. This causes significant increases in the volume and speed of stormwater runoff during rainstorms.
Anyone who has impervious surfaces on their property contributes to the total amount of runoff going to the streams and tributaries. A rooftop, an asphalt driveway, or a patio can all contribute to runoff. The steady growth in this region is slowly adding impervious surfaces to the land. Between the years of 1990 and 2000, Virginia experienced a 45% increase in impervious surfaces statewide. To counteract these impacts, the Town has adopted regulations that require management of stormwater for all new development and redevelopment.
To help answer some of your stormwater management questions, the Town of Warrenton has developed some guides for homeowners as well as private owners of stormwater facilities located in the Town. Please click on the links below to view a copy of each guide.
SWM-BMP Inspection Checklist *Updated Forms Below*
ATTENTION: Privately owned and managed SWM BMP facility Annual Inspections are due each year by June 30.
- SWM-BMP Inspection Checklist - Updated forms are below:
- BioFilter (PDF)
- Conservation Open Space (PDF)
- Constructed Wetland (PDF)
- Dry Pond (PDF)
- Dry Swale (PDF)
- Extended Detention (PDF)
- Filtering Practices (PDF)
- Grass Swale (PDF)
- Infiltration (PDF)
- Level Spreader (PDF)
- Manufacturer (PDF)
- Permeable Pavement (PDF)
- Rainwater Harvesting (PDF)
- Rooftop (PDF)
- Soil Amendment (PDF)
- Vegetated Roof (PDF)
- Wet Pond (PDF)
- Wet Swale (PDF)
- Municipal Stormwater Toolbox for Maintenance Practices (PDF)
- MS4 Program Property Owner's Guide (PDF)
- Tips for Pet Owners (PDF)
- Adopt-a-Stream Program (PDF)
- Adopt-a-Stream Program Application (PDF)
- Storm Drain Medallion Program (PDF)
- Warrenton Waterways Cleanup Initiative (PDF)
Reporting Illicit Discharges
If you are aware of any discharges into storm sewers, city streams or even on roads that appear to be of a chemical nature, including oil or any hazardous substances that should not be allowed into the town streams, please immediately contact us.
Any incidents during the normal working hours should be directed to the Town at (540) 347-1101.
For after-hours emergencies, call 911 or for all non-emergency incidents, call (540) 347-1100.
For information on clean water stewardship programs in the Town of Warrenton, email us.