Policy Statement

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County of Accomack, Virginia

Storm Drainage and Ditch Maintenance Policy Statement

& General Operating Guidelines


Policy: It is the policy of Accomack County to strive to maintain the proper drainage of certain outfall ditches and streams in the County that provide community wide drainage benefits and that are not the responsibility of another federal, state or private entity. Services are not available to individual property owners.


Operating Guidelines:

 1. All requests for drainage and ditch maintenance projects will be directed to the Accomack County Environmental Programs Department who is responsible for overall delivery of all drainage and ditch maintenance services.

 2. Requests for drainage, ditch maintenance & similar projects, including those received from incorporated Towns, will be received by the Environmental Programs Department Director, evaluated to determine the extent of the work and assigned a priority ranking based on the following criteria (or substantially similar criteria):

               a. Potential roadway hazard

b. Potential damage due to flooding (yards, houses, roadways)

c. Size of drainage area upstream of the ditch (how many people benefit)

d. Plans for VDOT to clean out their portion

e. Last time the area was serviced


3. The Environmental Programs Department Director will authorize work to proceed on projects based upon their priority ranking taking into account logistical issues.

4. Individual projects related to drainage and ditch maintenance shall not require separate Board of Supervisors approval.

5. All work on projects, including ancillary tasks such as permitting, shall be managed by the Environmental Programs Department Director and shall be performed by County staff or qualified vendors selected in accordance with the County's procurement policy.

6. All projects will require land owners to provide the County with a no-cost perpetual easement. Projects that do not receive all necessary easements will be removed from the active project list and placed on hold until such time that the remaining easements have been received.

7. All appropriations for drainage and ditch maintenance projects remaining at the end of each fiscal year will carry over to the ensuing fiscal year and automatically be reappropriated by the Board of Supervisors.


Approved at the April 18th, 2018, meeting of the Accomack County Board of Supervisors.

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