Posted by: greeningvacapitol | April 7, 2011

City of Richmond Stormwater Utility and Credits

If you live in the City of Richmond, you are probably aware that a Stormwater Utility was established in 2009.  This annual fee is based on the amount of impervious surface that you have on your property.  These funds are used to help implement a stormwater management plan, as required by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Did you know that you can get a reduction in your fee while also helping the City of Richmond with reducing polluted runoff?  The city now offers “stormwater credits” to both residential and non-residental properties that implement “Green practices”.  Examples of green practices are rain gardens, rain barrels, and pervious pavers.

So check out this website for more detailed information on what to do to receive a credit:

This video by WRIR news also has some great information.

We’d love to hear from you if you decide to implement some practices to apply for the credits.



  1. Already had 2 rain barrels under downspouts and my wife put a third one to catch A/C condensate (surprising how quickly the A/C barrel fills). We have a problem with runoff from the narrow unwooded edge of our sloped , wooded back yard.So far , I have planted 2 small Carolina Cheery Laurels , a dozen sun drop plants and 7 giant cone flowers to try to hold everything together. Also , I have placed fence posts horizontally at the bottom of the slope (rebar through the posts to secure them) and the sod from the flower beds we dug in the front yard is on the uphill side of the posts. Trying to make a living retaining wall.I had previously spread leaves and grass clippings on the bare dirt to slow down the rain. The next task is the big bare spot under a bird feeder pole where the squirrels root for fallen seed. Any ideas , other than moving the feeders?

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