Old Point Comfort lies at the meeting point of the waters of Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake Bay, a site of natural beauty to enjoy, to protect and to preserve. The Fort Monroe Authority is committed to exercising exemplary stewardship of the Fort’s natural resources through several environmental programs to ensure that this common wealth is here for generations to come.
Protecting the waters of Hampton Roads
One of the biggest issues facing the Hampton Roads area is water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. The Fort Monroe Authority, with the help of volunteers, is working to help preserve Virginia’s waterways through events such as Clean the Bay Day, educating residents and visitors, and regulating daily activities at the fort that could contribute to pollution. Stormwater management is an important part of keeping the local waterways clean. Stormwater runoff flows directly into the rivers of Hampton Roads and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay.
As an urban site located on the Chesapeake Bay, Fort Monroe, like the cities of Hampton Roads, is responsible for reducing contaminants that are introduced into the waterways by helping control stormwater pollution. This is covered under a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4), which the Fort Monroe Authority administers. Fort Monroe’s MS4 permit is available at the bottom of the page. The annual reports for this permit will be made available after review by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
You can do your part to help Fort Monroe keep the waterways clean. Picking up after your pet and placing trash in trash cans are just a few simple activities anyone can do to prevent pollution in the Bay. Do your part to ensure that only rain goes down the storm drain! For additional information about what you can do to keep our waterways clean, go to askHRgreen.org.
The Fort Monroe Authority organizes and hosts frequent volunteer events focused on keeping the Bay clean. These events often include: beach cleanups, storm drain marking, planting native plants and/or removing invasive species. If you are interested in volunteering at Fort Monroe click here.
Public Comment on TMDL Action Plan
Certain pollutants especially damaging to the Chesapeake Bay’s health include nitrogen, phosphorous and sediments. The US EPA requires Chesapeake Bay watershed areas to make systematic plans for reducing the amount of these pollutants introduced into the water, called the total daily maximum load (TMDL), over the next 15 years. Fort Monroe Authority is currently developing an action plan for these reductions and invites the public to comment on the draft plan. A link to the draft TMDL Action Plan is provided below. Fort Monroe Authority will accept comments through August 31, 2016. Please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout the hundreds of years that Fort Monroe was used for military purposes, many areas on the installation were used for training involving weapons and explosives. Discarded military munitions, including explosives and potentially dangerous artillery components, likely remain throughout Fort Monroe. Discarded military munitions pose unique safety risks that everyone at Fort Monroe should be aware of. The following video provides some general safety information. Remember to:
- Be aware of the need to recognize a potential munition
- Retreat from the area if you see something that may be a munition
- Report the item to 911
Storm Water Program Plan August 2014
2015 Municipal Storm Sewer System Annual Report MS4 Annual Report
Ms4 Annual Report 2016 (coming soon)