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Environmental Engineering

Scott Smedley

Phone numbers
(804) 748-1035
Fax: (804) 768-8629

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Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing address
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Street address
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832Map this

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Golf courses

We encourage golf course operators to use fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals in a manner that limits the pollution that can be caused by such products. Stormwater runoff carries these pollutants to storm drains and waterways which can lead to public health risks and habitat damage. The resources found on the links below can help golf course operators manage their facilities in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Rain barrel workshops

Every spring we collaborate with numerous community partners to offer a popular series of rain barrel workshops. Workshop participants learn about the benefits of rain barrels and will construct their own rain barrel to take home. This is a very popular series so early registration is suggested!

Spring 2018 Rain Barrel Workshop Schedule

  • Saturday, June 23 (10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.)

Rain barrel workshop registration


Chesterfield County Fairgrounds
10300 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Workshop partners

  • James River Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Chesterfield Cooperative Extension Office

Rain gardens

We encourage residents to protect Chesterfield’s water resources by employing conservation practices at home. A popular option for homeowners is rain gardens. A rain garden is just like other flower gardens with one important difference – it collects and treats rain water so it will not become polluted runoff. Rain gardens use permeable soils and hearty native plants that capture and filter stormwater so that it does not harm our local resources.

In 2012 Environmental Engineering launched Chesterfield’s rain garden workshop series. The workshops are a partnership with Chesterfield County Libraries and the Chesterfield office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Workshop participants lean about rain garden design and installation and create demonstration gardens at each workshop location.

Rain garden workshop presentation

Most residential rain gardens are between 150-300 square feet and can be created as a weekend project. Plants that are native to Virginia require little maintenance and provide year-round color and habitat for desirable wildlife such as song birds and butterflies. Rain gardens not only have environmental benefits but also add beauty and value to your home. To learn how to create your own rain garden, download the rain garden installation and design guide.

The Chesterfield rain garden workshops and rain garden installation and design guide were made possible with grant funding form the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee from the sale of Friend Chesapeake Bay License Plates.

Storm drain marking program

Ever wonder what happens to water after it goes down the storm drain? Help educate fellow citizens about the importance of not polluting by applying storm drain markers in neighborhoods.

These markers publicize the message "No Dumping" and identify the local creek receiving storm drain water. This short-term project can be accomplished on your own schedule. We recommend that you work with the community association to gain approval for the project and educate the citizens about the project. The Office of Water Quality provides all maps, signs, and supplies to complete the project.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Stream watcher
  • Lake monitor
  • Storm drain marking

All training and supplies provided by the Office of Water Quality. Contact the environmental outreach coordinator for more information.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention for Automotive Repair and Food Service Establishments

We encourage restaurants and automotive repair establishments employees to conduct business in a manner that can prevent pollution from entering the storm sewer system. Stormwater runoff carries pollutants to storm drains that discharge to natural waterways without treatment, which may cause public health risks and degrade the environment.

Automotive repair establishment pollutants

  • Motor oil
  • Fuel
  • Paint
  • Solvents
  • Detergents
  • Battery Acid
  • Antifreeze
  • Metals

Food service establishment pollutants

  • Cooking Oil
  • Grease
  • Food Scraps
  • Mop Water
  • Detergents
  • Disinfectants
  • Degreasers
  • Trash

All of these pollutants can have an adverse impact on water quality in streams, lakes and rivers and degrade habitat for wildlife. We have developed stormwater pollution prevention and spill response plans for automotive repair and food service establishments that describe simple ways to prevent pollutants from entering into storm sewers or waterways.

Request pollution prevention plans

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program

We encourage residents to protect Chesterfield County’s water resources by employing conservation practices at home. Practices such as conservation landscaping and permeable pavers reduce stormwater runoff that enters storm drains and natural waterways.

The Virginia Conservation Assistance Program (VCAP) is an urban cost-share program that provides financial incentives and technical and educational assistance to property owners installing eligible Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Many practices are eligible for 75% cost share and some practices are eligible for a flat rate incentive.

Contact the James River Soil and Water Conservation District for more information and to apply for assistance.

WaterTrends program

Chesterfield WaterTrends is Chesterfield County’s official citizen water monitoring program. Volunteers in the Chesterfield WaterTrends program perform a variety of water quality tests that gauge the overall health of the county’s waterways. The program gives volunteers access to local trainings, annual recertification sessions, volunteer events, and ready access to water quality data from many of the county’s waterways. The program is supported by a Citizen Water Monitoring Grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Volunteer training

New volunteers are trained at one of two annual training sessions, typically offered in the spring and again in the fall. They learn to monitor a basic suite of parameters that include:

  • Dissolved oxygen
  • pH
  • Turbidity
  • Temperature

In addition to these, we offer supplemental trainings throughout the year that include:

  • Bacterial monitoring
  • Habitat assessment
  • Invasive species monitoring

New volunteers also have the option of participating in a mentoring program which pairs them with experienced monitors in the field. Volunteers receive an Orientation and Training Manual and monitoring equipment. There is no cost to participate in the program.

If you are interested in participating in the program please contact the environmental outreach coordinator.

Annual Volunteer Reports

Chesterfield WaterTrends monitors submit their data to the Department of Environmental Engineering. Water Quality Analysts compile and interpret the data and publish it an annual volunteer report. The report provides an annual assessment of the health of the water bodies monitored by Chesterfield WaterTrends volunteers.

These reports are made available to all residents and are included in Chesterfield County’s annual NPDES report.

Resources for current monitors

To obtain reagent refills and replacement equipment, please email Chesterfield WaterTrends.

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