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Richmond Integrated Water Permit

RVAH2O.org is an initiative of the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities to educate the community about ways to keep its waterways pollution-free, and the importance of integrating drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater under one watershed management program, so that together, the City can achieve "cleaner water faster."

IEN is working with the City Department of Public Utilities, West Cary Group, and Limnotech to design and facilitate a multi-year stakeholder engagement process that identifies key watershed goals, objectives, and strategies, and develops a stakeholder-driven method for prioritizing watershed strategies and projects for implementation. The group is paving new ground, as this is the first known time in the nation that a municipality is voluntarily developing an integrated water permit, and along with this, an integrated water resources management plan. The process is technically challenging, and it is anticipated that new tools for community engagement may emerge from this that will benefit other municipalities.

The RVA H2O website offers a trove of information on the modeling and calculators, as well as the process of the stakeholder committee (“technical committee”), to develop the integrated water resources management plan.

Photo courtesy of the West Cary Group