Stafford Schools MS4 Program

  • Stafford County Public Schools is designated as a Phase II (small) MS4, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s MS4 Stormwater Permit Program. The school division was issued a General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on November 1, 2018 and will expire on October 31, 2023.

    General Permit through Oct 2028 and Permit Acceptance Letter

    The school systems efforts to control stormwater within urban areas is defined in the MS4 Program Plan.

    Under the general permit, small MS4s must develop, implement and enforce a program that includes the following “six minimum control measures":

    • Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts
    • Public involvement and participation
    • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
    • Construction site stormwater runoff control
    • Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
    • Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations

    The permit requirements include allowing the public an opportunity to provide input on the program plan. To submit input and comments, please contact the Stafford County Public Schools Operations and Maintenance Department by emailing Joshua Schimpf or calling 540-654-9000.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a MS4?

  • What is Stormwater?

  • Erosion and Sediment Control