Engineering & Environmental Services
The Engineering and Environmental Services Division (EESD) is committed to provide exemplary engineering and environmental stewardship for the citizens of Henrico County. EESD, while mindful of economic constraints, is dedicated to the continued efforts to implement environmental management programs and engineering principles that will protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for our citizens. EESD recognizes the interdependence of environmental protection and economic growth and will continue to promote environmental conservation, environmental awareness and the minimization of environmental impacts as part of its review process.
Effective July 1, 2014, Henrico County will administer a Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) as required by the Virginia Stormwater Management Act (§ 62.1-44.15:24 et seq. of the Code of Virginia. The requirements of the program, as well as the other environmental programs implemented in the County, have been described in the Henrico County Environmental Compliance Manual. This manual replaces the Henrico County Environmental Program Manual dated August 2001.
Two Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) templates for use in Henrico are also available – one for construction on single-family residential lots and another for other construction activities such as subdivisions and plans of development.
In addition to the new manual and the SWPPP templates, many administrative forms were also developed or revised as a result of the program:
- Declaration of Covenants for Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Management Facilities for proprietary/manufactured devices
- Declaration of Covenants for Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Management Facilities for facilities with safety concerns and access related concerns such as vegetated roofs, wet ponds, permeable pavement, and facilities with underground/enclosed chambers
- Declaration of Covenants for Inspection and Maintenance of Stormwater Management Facilities for other facilities
- Environmental Compliance Agreement for use of the Environmental Compliance Bond (replaces the previous Erosion and Sediment Control Agreement)
- Letter of Credit Form (replaces the previous Letter of Credit form)
- Assignment for Environmental Compliance Measures (replaces the previous Assignment for Erosion and Sediment Control Measures)
- Agreement in Lieu of a Stormwater Management Plan
- Agreement in Lieu of an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan
The County also conducted several workshops to prepare contractors, consultants, and homebuilders for implementation of the program. The information presented during these workshops is available for Contractors, Engineers and Home Builders.
Several of the following standard plan sheets were also revised to incorporate some of the new program requirements.
- ESC Notes and Details – 27may14 – AutoCAD2000.dwg
- ESC Notes and Details – 27may14 – Standard Details.pdf
- ESC Notes and Details – 27may14 – Standard Notes.pdf
- Standard Construction Notes and Details – R14 – 19feb13.dwg
- Standard Construction Notes and Details – pdf – 19feb13.pdf
A new Pollution Prevention Plan sheet has also been developed that must be included in plans for projects requiring coverage under the General Construction Permit.
The following checklists will be used by County staff to review for compliance with the requirements of the applicable requirements. Please note the plan review checklists have been revised to incorporate the new technical and administrative requirements of the VSMP.
In addition, review checklists have been developed for each SWM facility type described in the Henrico County Environmental Compliance Manual. The applicable checklist will be used to review each SWM facility proposed on a project.
- 01 Rootop Disconnect Checklist Spec. No. 1 – FINAL
- 02 Sheetflow Checklist Spec. No 2 – FINAL
- 03 Grass Channel Spec No 3 – FINAL
- 04 Soil Amendments Checklist Spec. No. 4 – FINAL
- 05 Vegetated Roof Spec. No. 5 – FINAL
- 06 Rainwater Harvesting Checklist Spec. No 6 – FINAL
- 07 Permeable Pavement Checklist Spec. No. 7 – FINAL
- 08 Infiltration Checklist Spec. No. 8 FINAL.doc
- 09 Bioretention Spec. No. 9 – FINAL
- 10 Dry Swale Checklist Spec. No. 10 – FINAL
- 11 Wet Swale Checklist Spec. No. 11 – FINAL
- 12 Filtering Practice Checklist Spec. No. 12 – FINAL
- 13 Constructed Wetland Checklist Spec. No. 13 – FINAL
- 14 Wet Pond Checklist Spec. No. 14 – FINAL
- 15 Extended Detention Checklist Spec. No. 15 – FINAL
Erosion and Sediment Control
Soil erosion is the process of detachment and transportation of soil materials by water, wind, ice and gravity. Henrico County’s Erosion and Sediment Control Program deals with erosion resulting from (water) raindrop impact on un-stabilized soil, primarily during the development process…more
Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is an EPA permit program which took effect in 1972 and is responsible for significant improvements in the quality of our nation’s waters. EPA delegated this permit authority to the State and in Virginia this permit is known as the VPDES permit. The County of Henrico has a VPDES permit which allows us to discharge our stormwater into state waters. This permit also has guidelines for improvements which the County implements on an ongoing basis like BMPs, stream restorations, stream cleanings, and many others…more
Mosquito and West Nile Virus Information
Henrico County achieves mosquito awareness and control through the Standing Water Initiative. The Standing Water Initiative promotes an integrated approach to mosquito management. Services and educational programs are provided to reduce the possibility of mosquito transmitted disease, such as West Nile virus, and reduce human discomfort associated with large mosquito populations…more
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas
Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Designation and Management Regulations (PDF) (9VAC10-20 et seq.) require local governments to implement ordinances designed to protect and restore the quality of perennial streams and their associated non-tidal wetlands, as the conditions in these environments have been determined to directly affect the condition of the Chesapeake Bay. The County of Henrico regulates these environments through development restrictions in these sensitive areas…more
Septic System Pump-Out/Inspection Program
Henrico citizens whose septic systems lie within a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) are required to have their septic system pumped out by a licensed sewage handler at least once every five (5) years. This is in accordance with Henrico County’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, Chapter 24-106.3. Septic system owners may elect, as an alternative to this pump-out requirement, to submit documentation from a licensed sewage handler explaining that the system has been inspected, is functioning properly, and does not need to be pumped out…more
Non-Emergency Spill Reporting
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