What is stormwater?

Rain or melting snow runoff that may carry chemical and biological pollutants and litter.

Where does it go?

It travels untreated through storm drains and directly into streams, like our Meadow Creek and Moore’s Creek. Charlottesville water eventually makes it all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.

Why do we care?

Everyone lives downstream of somewhere. Stormwater pollution affects the quality of the water we use and damages ecosystems.

What can you do to help?

  • Pick up your pet’s waste. Keep it from being washed away in the rain.
  • Clean up your tailgating area when you leave for the game.
  • Do not litter.
  • Stay on paved paths. Walking on dirt paths destabilizes soil, causing it to be washed into the streets and streams.
  • Report a spill, illicit discharge, or other environmental concern to Facilities Management at (434) 982-4911.
  • Check out our Best Management Practices page to see more ways you can help.

The Stormwater Taskforce provides the student stakeholders of the UVA community with voice in the management of stormwater at UVA.  This taskforce provides informed and thoughtful guidance on the sustainable management of stormwater to the Environmental Impact workgroup of the UVA Presidents Level Sustainability Committee.  This is a key element of UVA’s commitment to sustainability and is expected to be an ongoing effort crossing ongoing classes and years. The students are given the opportunity and resources to investigate and recommend stormwater practices that will reduce UVA’s impacts on our local streams, rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. These efforts will also be instrumental in our community meeting the regulatory TMDL goals established by the Virginia DEQ and DCR.

Want to get involved or have any questions? Contact Us!


Disclaimer:  Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.


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