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Employee Spotlight: Sheryl Stephens

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Sheryl Stephens Title: Sr. Community Resource Specialist Division: Site Development and Infrastructure Alma Mater: University of Mary Washington and UVA Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA Birthday: June 17   What 2 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Satisfying and challenging   Favorite thing about working at DAA? My workmates and clients   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? We are currently working in the Town of Exmore. I love the Exmore projects because although the town has many challenges, it has employees who are working hard to make improvements and who appreciate the work we do.   Favorite quote or words of wisdom? “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” - Bill Gates   What TV show, movie, or book are you...

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Waynesboro Council Votes for Stormwater Project over Fire Station

How important is stormwater management to Virginia cities, towns and counties? In Waynesboro, Virginia, City Council recently decided that the City will channel revenues to fund stormwater improvement projects in lieu of a planned new fire station. How do you compare the vital importance of environmental and regulatory compliance projects to the priorites that localities must provide for public safety and community services? http://www.nbc29.com/story/18994364/waynesboro-council-vote-favors-stormwater-project-over-fire-station...

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Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, EPA and Virginia Localities – Still Many Challenges

Virginia’s local governments, through the Planning District Commissions (PDCs), are in the process of providing information to DCR for the Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay TMDL by the February 1, 2012 deadline.  The information includes a review of the modeling data used to evaluate cleanup of the Bay, an inventory of BMPs currently in place, and additional BMPs, strategies and resources needed to meet the 2025 level of implementation (60% reductions) required by the TMDL. The following article outlines the concerns facing Gloucester County as well as many other local governments including potential increased federal regulation if cleanup progress is not sufficient, reliance on the modeling results to make that determination, and the impact of wildlife on potential progress.  Given the continued struggling economy, local governments will likely have difficulty finding the resources, both monetary and personnel, to meet the required reductions. http://www.dailypress.com/news/gloucester-county/dp-tsq-mid-gloucester-tmdls-0126-20120126,0,3520340.story...

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Facing the Challenges of a Stormwater Utility

Stormwater utility fees are coming….the ripple effect of the latest USEPA mandates for the Chesapeake Bay watershed is being felt throughout the Commonwealth. With these mandates and future more stringent state and federal regulations on the horizon, municipalities need a source of funding to develop programs and construct projects that control and reduce the volume and quality of stormwater runoff. The process of developing a stormwater utility program and fee structure is a long one, but, as in the City of Lynchburg, these are conversations that need to begin - and soon - with public education as the main focus. As the waves of stormwater regulations pick up speed and momentum, engaging the public early and throughout the program will pay dividends in the future, both politically and for the environment. Storm Water Challenges Vex the City By The News & Advance Published: May 04, 2011 If you want some idea of the result when storm...

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