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Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Stormwater management control measures are often referred to as Best Management Practices (BMPs). TCC BMPs

BMPs for Faculty, Staff and Students

  • Disposing of biology and chemistry lab waste and chemicals properly
  • Placing litter and cigarette butts in trash receptacles
  • Using campus recycling programs
  • Reporting leaking faucets and running toilets to maintenance personnel
  • Forming student organizations promoting environmental education and water quality
  • Participating in campus and community cleanup projects
  • Tuning up and inspecting personal vehicles on a regular basis to catch leaks and prevent automotive fluid contaminants from running off into the stormwater

Prevent water pollution!

Never dump anything down storm drains

Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in a driveway or parking lot

Promptly repair vehicle and equipment leaks

Clean up pet waste and dispose it in the garbage or flush it down the toilet

Properly dispose household waste

Utilize recycling programs

An Introduction to Stormwater - Long Island video on YouTube

Reducing Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out; Soak It In - EPA video on YouTube

TCC Pollution Hotline 757-822-1715
Report illegal dumping or illicit discharges into storm drains, ditches, ponds, or catch basins on any of the TCC campuses.


Stormwater Management Best Management Practices can either be structural or nonstructural measures taken to mitigate changes to both the quantity and quality of runoff. 

Examples of stormwater control measures:

Chesapeake Campus

  • Two retention basins (ponds) that collect stormwater runoff from the two main campus buildings, one parking lot, and catch basins located throughout the campus and serves a total of 32 acres. 
  • These retention ponds retain the stormwater for a period of time and collect/filter sediments, fertilizer, debris, and/or automotive liquids (antifreeze, oil, etc.) from leaks coming from cars in the parking lots. 
  • Chesapeake Campus Storm Sewer Map

Portsmouth Campus

  • Ten biorention basins (bioswales.)  These bioswales collect stormwater runoff from the four main campus buildings, parking lots, and catch basins located throughout the campus and serves a total of 35 acres. 
  • Portsmouth Campus Storm Sewer Map

Virginia Beach Campus

  • Two retention basins (ponds) that collect stormwater runoff from the ten main campus buildings, seven parking lots, and all catch basins located throughout the campus. They serve a total of 75 acres.
  • Virginia Beach Campus Storm Sewer Map

BMPs for Facilities Management Department

  • Handling, storing, and disposing of potential pollutants (i.e. automotive products, fertilizer, pesticides, sand, ice melt, etc.) that could make their way into our waterbodies.
  • Inspecting campus storm sewer systems and outfalls for pollutants/illicit discharges twice per year
  • Taking State vehicles to an off-campus location for washing
  • Recycling used automotive fluids (i.e. motor oil, antifreeze, transmission oil, etc.)
  • Doing preventive maintenance on State vehicles and HVAC equipment to catch leaks and spills of contaminants
  • Following the approved Nutrient Management Plan as specified
  • Covering storm drains and inlets when fertilizer is being applied to turf areas
  • Removing all leaf litter from campus locations so not to block/clog the storm sewer system
  • Investigating public concerns and alerts regarding stormwater pollution observed at TCC
  • Incorporating new stormwater management design elements into new construction projects and site renovation projects