Conserved Open Space as a Stormwater Management Tool

APA Virginia Chapter


Tuesday, June 19, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT

Charlottesville, VA, United States

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The Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District will give a one hour  presentation on the role that open space easements can play in meeting Virginia stormwater management regulation requirements for construction projects. Planning staff from Albemarle, Fluvanna, Nelson and Louisa Counties, and the City of Charlottesville have been invited to attend. The District’s easement program is designed to hold riparian easements that lend themselves to the “Sheetflow to Conserved Area” practice on Virginia’s Runoff Reduction Method Spreadsheet. As the last practice in a treatment train, conserved open space provides a runoff reduction credit and a Phosphorus removal credit, of 50-75%, depending on the hydrologic soil type. Placing forested riparian areas under conservation easement is an effective and cost-effective way to meet stormwater requirements, and conserve habitat and recreational values in the environment. Our presentation will discuss the District’s easement program, provide examples of subdivisions and other construction projects that have used our program to meet stormwater management requirements, discuss the specifications for meeting “sheet flow to conserved open space” requirements and provide an opportunity for discussion among the participants about the use of conserved open space as an important and underutilized tool in the runoff reduction toolbox.


Martin Douglas Johnson

As the Urban Conservation Specialist with the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District in Charlottesville, Virginia since 2004, I work on stormwater management programs with Nelson, Albemarle, Louisa and Fluvanna Counties, and the City of Charlottesville. I hold a BS in Biology from Bates College, and a M.Ed ... Read More

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