As part of the City's permit with the Commonwealth to manage stormwater, Public Works maintains a public education program to provide information and help educate citizens on stormwater-related issues.
Through in-person presentations to schools, community groups and civic organizations, public displays at local events and informational brochures and pamphlets, Public Works aims to raise awareness of the effects of stormwater pollution and to educate citizens on how they can be part of the solution.
The City of Chesapeake works closely with the regional group askHRGreen.org of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission's Environmental Division to raise awareness on stormwater and other environmental issues affecting the region. Through askHRGreen.org, representatives of the region's major municipalities serve on committees, including one devoted to stormwater, and pool resources to tackle environmental issues.
In 2012, askHRGreen.org came out with Green Learning Guides, which were distributed to all sixth-grade students in Chesapeake. These guides are supplemental educational tools that fit with SOL requirements. The Guides remain relevant and are available online for everyone to take advantage of.
To arrange for a speaker to discuss stormwater pollution, contact the Public Works Public Information Coordinator at 757-382-6196. Brochures and information are also available.