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Runoff study completed

by Tom Chillemi

A $42,000 study of stormwater runoff in Urbanna has been completed.

Now, property owners have options to build—at no cost to them—rain gardens, constructed wetlands or other things that will catch and hold stormwater runoff giving pollutants a place to settle. The goal is to slow or stop runoff from washing sediment and other pollutants into Urbanna Creek.

Building stormwater mitigation is totally optional and neither the town nor the private property owners are obligated to do anything, said Paula Jasinski of Chesapeake Environmental Communications (CEC), which is the grant recipient. Her comments came at the July 23, 2018 Urbanna Town Council meeting.

Urbanna’s stormwater study grant was awarded by the non-profit National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. There also is grant money for construction.

The Town of Urbanna and the Friends of the Rappahannock are the beneficiaries. Ecosystem Service of Charlottesville conducted a watershed study in the spring to identify drainage patterns and stormwater outfall area that could be improved. 

Sixteen areas were identified in town and another nine were identified as having potential improvement. They are prioritized based on benefits, including pollution reduction, habitat improvement and other criteria. 

Areas rated as having “good” potential for installing “Best Management Practices” (BMP) include the Urbanna Museum and Visitor’s Center where permeable pavers could be installed. The area behind the Urbanna Post Office was also listed as good for a bioretention, an infiltration trench or regenerative stormwater conveyance. 

The site at Virginia Street and Waverly Road behind the Urbanna Firehouse has “excellent” feasibility for constructed wetlands or bioretention. 

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posted 08.01.2018

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