Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Control Authority

For information pertaining to the establishment and operation of the Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Control Authority (LSSCA).
The LSSCA was formed to facilitate engineering and upgrades to the drainage infrastructure within the Lake Shenandoah Drainage Area.

Approx. 2010  - Neighborhoods in the Lake Shenandoah begin to experience periodic urban flooding from stormwater runoff
 Tax Parcels

2013 – Rockingham County contracted with The Timmons Group to do an initial study on the Lake Shenandoah Watershed characteristics, stormwater flooding problems, and potential solutions  
Lake Shenandoah Initial study - Timmons Group

September 2017 – County submits a grant application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to construct a regional detention basin

2018 – Unusually high rainfall (two major storms, in addition to far above average rainfall totals for the entire year) leads to many homes and properties experiencing inundation by stormwater runoff

July 2018 – During a Board Work Session, County Supervisors directed County Staff to form a Stormwater Advisory Committee, comprised of citizens with varying backgrounds and expertise, to study the runoff problems in the Lake Shenandoah Watershed

August 2018- February 2019 – Stormwater Advisory Committee held five meetings

April 2019 – Board Work Session to review Stormwater Advisory Committee findings

April 2019 – Neighborhood Meeting

July 2019 – Public Hearing on the establishment of the Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Control Authority

October 2019 – Board forms Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Control Authority

January-February 2020 – Staff presents possible fee structures to the Board
January 2020 Update
February 2020 Update

March 2020 – Public Hearing scheduled; subsequently postponed due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions

 Lake Shenandoah Q & A

June 2020 - On June 24, 2020, the Lake Shenandoah Storm water Control Authority (LSSCA) Board, made up of the same members as the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors, approved a fee structure as follows, $0.04 due in December 2020, and $0.08 per year divided in June and December starting 2021 and ending 2030.  The fee is applied per square foot of rooftop area. The Board authorized staff to proceed with borrowing funds not to exceed $2,850,000 for a 10-year term, and proceed with the purchase of property for the construction of a regional stormwater detention facility. The Board also directed that $925K from the General Fund be applied toward the purchase of the property.

The LSSCA will reconvene in August to finalize the criteria for property inclusion in this program. 

Summer 2020 – County contracts the Timmons Group to prepare project engineering designs and construction documents

October 2020 – County purchases land for the proposed detention basin from Mr. David O’Donnell along Taylor Spring Lane

December 2020 to November 2021 – FEMA grant application reviewed, comments made, and response letters sent by County staff

February 2022 – FEMA awards grant for project construction in the total amount of $730,00, with an additional $36,500 to be contributed by the County

May 2022 – Bids received for project construction, but are rejected being significantly over budget

June 2022 – Project re-bid and awarded to Partners Excavating Company

July 2022 – Construction of the Taylor Spring Detention Basin begins - progress reports found here

May 2023 - Construction of the Taylor Spring Detention Basin is completed - progress report found here

Post Construction  - Monthly site inspections and quarterly mowings/maintenance of property - updates found here


Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2024