Stormwater Drainage Drainage & Capital Improvements Program
The Board of Supervisors provides annual funding to repair and maintain the stormwater system, restore waterways, and protect water quality.
- Drainage Improvement Projects repair or improve existing drainage structures in order to provide better protection for property and life from storm runoff.
- Capital Improvements projects are larger projects that restore or improve drainage, mitigate flooding, restore water quality.
There are four steps to a successful project:
- Identification - either from a citizen complaint, Watershed Management Plan, or through the Division’s ongoing neighborhood assessment and maintenance program.
- Feasibility study - to determine the best alternatives for repair or improvement.
- Design & permitting - preparation of construction drawings and application for local, state and federal permits.
- Construction - depending on the required permits, this phase can also include post-construction environmental monitoring.
Since July 2007, the Stormwater Division has studied, designed, permitted and constructed many projects.
The drainage improvements program works in partnership with property owners and residents to remedy drainage and erosion problems. The Stormwater Division provides technical guidance and assistance, and in some instances may provide financial assistance in the design and implementation of improvements to stormwater infrastructure. Projects are prioritized and scheduled based on specific criteria and available funding. This program is part of James City County’s ongoing commitment to the environment and our quality of life.
Drainage Project Considerations
- The property must lie entirely within James City County
- The problem must be located outside the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) right-of-way
- Prior to the use of any public funds, attempts have been made to resolve the problem within the private sector
- The property must have an adequate maintenance/drainage easement, or the owner must be willing to grant such an easement
If you would like to report a drainage problem or would like additional information about this program, contact the Stormwater Division at (757) 259-1460.
Capital Improvement projects are larger projects that restore or improve drainage, mitigate flooding, or restore water quality. These projects represent a substantial investment of public funds and must pass a rigorous review before construction begins. Projects are first evaluated to ensure that they meet technical criteria. Projects are then reviewed using criteria developed by our Stormwater Advisory Committee (a committee made up of James City County property owners and residents, along with personnel from the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Water Conservation District). These criteria favor projects that:
- Reduce potential for human injury or illness
- Mitigate impacts related to flooding
- Address on-lot damages
- Promote/improve habitat to support healthy watersheds
- Promote/improve water quality
- Support the intent of the Comprehensive Plan
- Promote job creation or otherwise promote economic health of the County
- Implement a watershed plan or other County master plan
- Use non-County funds for a portion of the project
- Help the County meet federal or state law