The mission of Arlington’s stormwater management program is to manage stormwater quality and volume, for the purposes of reducing the risk of flooding and protecting water quality.
Arlington’s stormwater system includes 10,000 storm drains, over 330 miles of storm sewers, and 33 miles of natural stream channels. The program’s objective is to protect our local water resources and the community through a variety of the programs listed below.
- Reducing risks to public and private property from flooding.
- Maintaining infrastructure with catch basin cleaning and storm sewer inspections
- Studying the stormwater network
- Upgrading stormwater infrastructure
- Educating the community about reducing flood risk
- Requiring stormwater management for new development.
- Adding stormwater treatment facilities, such as green streets, to areas that don’t have stormwater treatment.
- Encouraging property owners to install voluntary practices to reduce runoff.
- Assessing the condition of local streams, and restoring stream corridors
- Educating the public about preventing pollution.
- Monitoring the health of local streams with Volunteer Stream Monitoring Programs
- Implementing urban housekeeping best practices, like street sweeping, and pollution prevention
- Complying with stormwater regulations