In 2010, the EPA established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), a comprehensive pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay. The goal of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL is to restore clean water in the Bay, as well as local streams and rivers.
The Chesapeake Bay TMDL requires Stafford County and other regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permitees to provide specific pollution reductions, defined in terms of pounds of sediment, phosphorus, and nitrogen through local stormwater management programs.
As established by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Stafford must reduce its share of TMDL pollution by 5% during the current MS4 permit cycle (2013–2018), an additional 35% (40% total) during the second permit cycle (2018–2023), and the final 60% (100% total) during the third permit cycle (2023–2028).
Stafford County’s MS4 permit requires a more detailed plan in order to meet the 5% reduction requirements. This plan - termed the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan - outlines the specific projects and programs that will be implemented during this permit cycle.
To view Stafford County's most recent Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan, click here.