Erosion & Sediment Control
Stormwater Management Programs

For development activities involving more than 10,000 sq. ft. of land

For development activities along the Lake Anna Shoreline

For development activities involving more than 1 acre of land

Programs within Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville to meet requirements of their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits

Erosion & Sediment Control (ESC)

The Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law, requires that development activities involving 10,000 sq. ft. or more obtain a Land-Disturbing Permit through the locality in which the development occurs. The TJSWCD provides plan review and administrative assistance to Nelson and Louisa Counties and the University of Virginia (UVA) under their Erosion and Sediment Control Programs. Additionally, the TJSWCD provides ESC-related technical assistance and guidance to local staffs, developers, contractors, and property owners in all our localities.


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Louisa Shoreline Management

Louisa County administers a Shoreline Management Ordinance for Lake Anna as part of its Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance encourages the use of non-structural stabilization techniques along the shoreline and encourages citizens and developers to use the local expertise of the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District in developing creative methods to stabilize the shoreline and provide water quality protection. The preferred "Control Method" for protecting the lake's water quality is the maintenance of a 100' wide natural, forested buffer along the shoreline. "Alternative Control Methods" may also be used pending review and approval by the TJSWCD. One "Alternative Control" is a vegetated diversion with a rock outlet. Vegetation must include native shrubs, and applications of fertilizers and herbicides are prohibited within the berm and buffer areas.

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Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP)

Construction activities involving more than one acre of land disturbance require a VSMP permit. Within the TJSWCD, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville administer their own local VSMP, while Louisa, Nelson and Fluvanna Counties opted to have the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality administer the program for them. Information regarding the VSMP can be found at the following links.

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MS4 Permit Assistance

Within the TJSWCD, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville require MS4 permits through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Under these permits, the locality must develop, implement and enforce a program that includes the following “six minimum control measures":

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

  • The TJSWCD supports Albemarle and Charlottesville with public education and outreach through the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership and through field inspections for Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Programs


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