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ACEC Virginia, DEQ:
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality: Webinar Series

Review of DEQ Stormwater Laws and

ACEC Virginia and DEQ has partnered to bring
our members a webinar series to facilitate discussion on topics surrounding the
environment in Virginia.

Earn 1.5 PDHs

Topics covered:

  • Overview of Virginia stormwater laws
    and regulations – high level of where to find them, how they are developed, and
    the relationship between law and regulation (some issues are discussed only in
    the statute and there’s no corresponding regulatory section so users need to be
    familiar with both)
  • Role of professional engineers versus
    DEQ certification programs for E&S and SWM
  • Significant/often misunderstood
    definitions – including “land-disturbing activity” and “common
    plan of development”
  • Time Limits of Applicability
  • Grandfathering
  • Q&A

Facilitator: Don Rissmeyer P.E., CFM, Associate, A. Morton Thomas
& Associates, Inc.

Don Rissmeyer is a licensed Professional Engineer in
multiple states and a Certified Floodplain Manager with more than 30 years of
experience in providing consulting engineering services to municipal stormwater
clients at the local, state and federal level. He is a Past-President of
the Virginia Section of ASCE and the Virginia Floodplain Management
Association, and a member of the Virginia Municipal Stormwater Association, the
Western Virginia Floodplain Network and the Joint Legislative Committee for
ACEC Virginia.

DEQ Panelists:

Melanie D. Davenport, Director, Water
Permitting Division

Melanie Davenport is the Director of the
Water Permitting Division. Programs in this division include stormwater,
erosion and sediment control, wetlands, biosolids, animal operations,
wastewater, nutrient trading and compliance. Melanie has been the division
director since 2011. Previously she was the director of enforcement at DEQ. She
also worked for 10 years at a large law firm. She has a BA from Boston
University in Marine Biology and a law degree from the College of William and

Erin Belt, Manager, Office of Stormwater

Erin Belt is the Program Manager for the
DEQ Office of Stormwater Management. She has been with DEQ since 2014 and
previously filled the roles of inspector and plan reviewer in the Stormwater
Program. Prior to joining DEQ, she worked for two different localities in
southeast Virginia and for the state of Georgia, in positions focused on
stormwater and erosion and sediment control program compliance. Erin completed
her undergraduate degrees in Forestry and Wildlife as well as her Master’s in
Wildlife Management & Ecology at the University of Georgia.

Drew Hammond, Director of Water Permits

Drew Hammond is the Director of Water
Permits in the DEQ Water Permitting Division. He has been with DEQ since 2010
and previously filled the roles of team leader and program manager in the
Stormwater Program. Prior to DEQ, Drew was a private consultant specializing in
water and wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and land development. He
is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil
Engineering. Drew is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth
of Virginia.

Course Type

Online Class

Delivery Type

On Demand, Online, Self-Paced

PDH Credit


Price (Member)


Price (Non-Member)


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