Stormwater Improvement Plan

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Harrisonburg's Stormwater Improvement Plan (SWIP) is intended to be a long-range visionary plan that incorporates the City's stormwater needs to achieve regulatory compliance. Originally developed in 2017 to identify projects that could help the City meet water quality targets for 2023, the 2024 update aims to chart a course toward achieving goals for 2028 while developing localized actions plans.  The update also includes input from our community on improving the City's stormwater programs to look at stormwater concerns beyond just water quality.

Flyer in different languages

The City will host an open house event to learn from the community's experiences and to better inform the Plan and its priorities.

Public Open House - Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Morning session: City Hall (409 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801) 10:30am - 12:30pm

Evening session: Pleasant View Inc. (151 Commerce Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22802) 4:00pm - 6:00pm

*Interpretation Services available in Spanish and Arabic.  Additional languages may be available upon advanced request. 

Stormwater Improvement Plan Survey

The City is currently seeking valuable insights to shape the future of the stormwater program and address the effects of runoff on local waterways. Information collected through the Stormwater Improvement Plan Survey will play a crucial role in updating Harrisonburg's Stormwater Improvement Plan, which serves as the City's guiding framework for strategizing efforts to meet water quality targets. The survey is available in eight languages. Survey participants will be asked about their experiences with flooding around their homes and neighborhoods, in addition to having the opportunity to provide feedback on potential stormwater improvement project locations, prioritize initiatives and address concerns related to water quality, water quantity and climate change impacts. Participation in the survey will take approximately 10 minutes. 

The survey will be available online until April 14. For those who prefer paper copies, surveys will be available at Harrisonburg City Hall, located at 409 S. Main Street. Questions about the survey may be directed to or call 540-434-5928. 

Take the survey here: Stormwater Improvement Plan Survey


Past Efforts

2017 Stormwater Improvement Plan 

The City initiated this SWIP to improve water quality in local waterways and to chart a strategy for the City to comply with state and federal regulations that require the City to manage stormwater pollution entering Blacks Run and the greater Chesapeake Bay watershed. The main objective of the SWIP is to identify capital improvement (construction) projects, programs, and ways to engage Harrisonburg’s citizens to manage stormwater and improve water quality. Another objective of the SWIP is to pursue the above strategies in a cost-effective manner and in coordination with other City initiatives.

2017 City of Harrisonburg SWIP Report Final PDF Icon [8MB]

Public Meeting #1 - March 22, 2017

Public Meeting #2 - October 18, 2017