Environmental

The Department of Public Works is responsible for the protection of surface water quality in Stafford County. The Environmental Division was established in order to comply with specific environmental regulations and help protect the interest of the surrounding community and its citizens.

The Environmental Division is comprised of both Environmental Inspections and Stormwater Management. It is the responsibility of the Environmental Division to regulate, assist, and/or promote the following:

Environmental Inspections
  • Erosion & Sediment Control
  • Stormwater Management
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Drainage
Stormwater Management
  • MS4 Stormwater Permit Program
  • BMP Maintenance Inspections
  • Low-Impact Development
  • Pollution Prevention

News & Information:

Residential Storm Drainage - Fact Sheet (now available)


Do you have a concern regarding residential storm drainage? If so, contact the Environment Division at (540) 658-8830 and request a site visit. County staff will assist by identifying the problem, determine the entity responsible for maintenance, and provide technical assistance.  

Volunteer Opportunity:

Storm Drain Marking Program


 As part of Stafford County’s commitment to protecting our valuable water resources, the Department of Public Works is pleased to reintroduce the Storm Drain Marking Program. This is a great opportunity for you (or your organization) to take an active part in the health of our local waterways by installing storm drain markers that read "Only Rain Down the Drain" in local subdivisions. Unlike wastewater, discharges to storm drains flow directly into our creeks, streams, lakes and rivers. The markers will serve as a reminder to citizens that household pollutants (motor oil, paint, grass clippings, etc.) can cause harm to our surrounding waterways, and ultimately have negative impacts on the Chesapeake Bay.
If you or your organization is interested in the Storm Drain Marking Program, and would like further information, please contact the Stafford County Department of Public Works - Environmental Division at (540) 658-8835.
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(Girl Scout Troop 3546 Juniors, 2015)
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(Boy Scout Troop 516, 2012)

REMINDER: Stormwater Pollution Hotline

The Stafford County Department of Public Works has begun to display the Stormwater Pollution Hotline phone number (Dial 311 or 540-658-8830) on County vehicles. Look for the red bumper tag, and use it as a reminder to report any illicit discharges and/or pollution-generating activities that may be occurring in your neighborhood or the surrounding area.
An illicit discharge can be any discharge, other than stormwater, to a storm drain. Examples of illicit discharges are gasoline, motor oil, paints, pesticides, vehicle spills, and grass clippings. These discharges (and similar substances) are prohibited under Stafford County Code - Chapter 21.5.

The Department of Public Works, with your help, can KEEP STAFFORD STREAMS CLEAN!
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As part of Stafford County’s commitment to protecting our valuable water resources, the Department of Public Works is pleased to reintroduce the Adopt-a-Stream program. This is a great opportunity for you (or your organization) to learn about our local streams and waterways and what you can do to protect them.

The Adopt-a-Stream program is coordinated by the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and includes litter clean-ups twice per year along a stream shoreline.

If you and/or your organization are interested in the Adopt-a-Stream program and would like further assistance, please contact the Environmental Division of the Stafford County Department of Public Works at (540) 658-8830.