Charlottesville Water Resources Protection Program

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The Charlottesville Water Resources Protection Program is one tool the city is using to comply with efforts to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. It is paid for by a stormwater utility fee enacted by City Council in February 2013. [1]

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Council was originally asked to enact the fee in 2009 but Council did not approve it until February 2013 when members voted 4-1 to go forward. Property owners are charged at $1.20 per 500 square feet of impervious surface on their land. The fee is billed twice a year. [1]

Revenue generated goes to a stormwater utility fund and can only be spent on repairing or replacing stormwater pipes, capital projects that reduce stormwater pollution, drainage improvement projects and on the development of a city-wide master plan to implement the Chesapeake Bay TMDL.


The first billing cycle was between January 1 and June 30, 2014. The city billed $950,110 and collected $939,415.

Potential projects

Potential projects can be funded through the program's Water Quality Incentive Program and the Charlottesville Conservation Assistance Program. By the end of 2014, the CCAP program received 17 applications from city residents. [2]

Committee members (2014)

  • David Hirschman, Chair
  • Meg Byerly Williams, Secretary
  • Brian Becker
  • Morgan Butler
  • Leslie Middleton
  • Alyson Sappington
  • Trey Steigman
  • Rebecca Quinn
  • Chuck Wars


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Council enacts stormwater utility fee, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, February 21, 2013, retrieved July 8, 2015.
  2. Web. [ Charlottesville Water Resources Protection Program Advisory Committee (WRPP-AC) End-of-Year Report to City Council, CY2014], Water Resources Protection Program Advisory Committee, City of Charlottesville, retrieved July 8, 2015.

External Links

Official page on city website