Save a StreamStormwater Management Facilities (SWMFs) or Best Management Practices (BMPs) are a key component of any land development project whether it is a residential community or a shopping center. SWMFs help improve water quality of streams by removing pollutants from rainwater. As rainwater falls on the ground and runs across the surface as stormwater, it collects leaves, grass clippings, pet waste, litter, lawn fertilizers, pesticides and more, whatever it meets washes into our streams by stormwater. Virtually all new development in the County includes facilities known as BMPs, to treat the stormwater and minimize the negative effects on our waterways.
Private SWMF ProgramBecause SWMFs help lessen the impacts of development, they are required under the County’s Chesapeake Bay ordinance, as well as state and federal law. To see how your SWMF scored, view the results.
- 1 = Adequate
- 2 = Routine maintenance needed
- 3 = Non-Routine repair needed
- 4 = Urgent repairs needed, BMP has failed or is failing.
SWMF Owners may check the online County records including BMP as-built drawings by going to the Stormwater Documents Site.
Responsibilities of SWMF OwnersThe property owner where the SWMF is located has legal responsibility to provide basic annual maintenance and to make any repairs that may be needed. Typical SWMF owners are homeowner associations (HOA), private communities, commercial retail properties and business property owners.
BMP owners can refer to the James City County Stormwater Management Facility Inspection and Maintenance Manual for an overview of facility types/components, information on maintenance requirements, and self-inspection checklists.