Roanoke Stormwater

River Sunrise from 9th St Bridge
 Tinker Ped Bridge
 Roanoke River Steam Rising
Together, we can transform our waterways into community assets, focal points, and a source of pride for those that live, work, learn, and play in the Upper Roanoke River Watershed.

What's New

Flood Resilience Planning 

In 2022, the City of Roanoke was awarded a grant through the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation’s Community Flood Preparedness Fund to prepare a “Flood Resilience Plan”. The Flood Resilience Plan will ensure the City will be better prepared, ready to respond, and able to recover from flood events. 

Keep up to date on the Resilience Plan Website

State of Our Waters 

Check out our annual report on City of Roanoke water quality and Stormwater projects:

Read the 2022 publication of "The State of Our Waters" here!

See something, say something.

Report illicit discharges with the iRoanoke Mobile App or 

by calling 540-853-5900, or by email.

Language Assistance

If you do not speak, read, or write English well, the City will provide an interpreter at no cost to you!  This is available for all services and programs the City offers.  For language assistance, please call 540-329-3257.

Asistencia Lingüística

Si usted no habla, lee, o escribe el inglés bien, ¡la Ciudad proporcionará un intérprete sin costo a usted!  La interpretación está disponible por todos servicios y programas que ofrece la Ciudad.   Para obtener asistencia lingüística, por favor llame a 540-329-3257.

Be Part of the Solution, Not the Pollution. 
Together, We Can Create a Clean Water Legacy!

Did You Know?

There are 11,513 stormdrain inlets in the City of Roanoke.

The Roanoke River ends in the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina, not in the Chesapeake Bay.

9.7 miles of the Roanoke River (410 miles total) runs through the City of Roanoke. 

There are 1,151 stormdrain outfalls across the City of Roanoke that empty runoff directly into local streams. 

A 1,600 sq ft roof sheds almost 1,000 gallons of runoff during a 1" rain event.

The runoff from 1 acre of paved parking generates the same amount of annual runoff as 36 acres of forest or 20 acres of grassland.

Each year, streetsweeping removes an average of 1800 tons of sediment and debris from streets in the City of Roanoke.

A single deciduous tree can intercept from 500 to 760 gallons of rainfall per year; and a mature evergreen can intercept more than 4,000 gallons per year.

Think you know a lot about stormwater? Test your knowledge with this Stormwater Quiz.