MS4 and stormwater professionals are invited to a FREE one-day workshop that will focus on stormwater and litter. This workshop, sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, will be held on June 13, 2018 (10 AM to 3 PM) at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (7870 Villa Park Drive, Suite 400, Henrico, VA  23228-0778​). Co-sponsors include Clean Virginia Waterways of Longwood University, NOAA, and the Virginia Water Monitoring Council.

To register, please fill out this on-line form:


Why Stormwater + Litter?
Growing concern about the impacts of marine debris in the ocean and coastal waters, along with increasing emphasis on stormwater management of litter and debris, have led to a new urgency to understand and address the sources of marine debris in Virginia’s coastal and ocean waters. It is estimated that 60% to 80% of the trash found in our ocean comes from inland sources — so keeping litter out of stormwater in urban areas is key to cleaner rivers, beaches and coastal water.

This free one-day workshop will address urban trash pollution and strategies employed to intercept a piece of trash before it becomes part of stormwater runoff and conveyed to and through the storm sewer system via storm drains. Interception of trash is a sub-set of marine debris prevention, and it has unique features, challenges, and solutions.

Who should attend:
This workshop is open to those who work on stormwater issues (public works professionals, stormwater engineers and managers, local and state government employees who work on stormwater and litter-prevention programs) in Virginia and other mid-Atlantic states.

AM: Case studies; the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan’s strategies; comments from VA DEQ and NOAA Marine Debris Program.
Lunch time: networking and small group discussions.
PM: An open discussion on challenges and opportunities; small group discussions and report outs; next steps.
OPTIONAL: From 3 to 4 PM, we will have an optional meeting of those who would like to talk about working with other mid-Atlantic states on solutions to marine debris.

Join us for this interesting discussion!

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Katie Register, Clean Virginia Waterway of Longwood University at or 434-395-2602.