The Division of Natural Resources is responsible for organizing, coordinating and implementing programs dealing with natural resources in Bedford County. The Division's primary role is administering erosion and sediment control and stormwater management programs. The Division issues Land Disturbing and Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Permits for development, which involves oversight of plan review, administration, inspection, and enforcement. This oversight is based on the guidelines prescribed in the Commonwealth of Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and Regulations and the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Law and Regulations, as well as Chapter 7 of the Bedford County Code of Ordinances (Environmental). This Chapter contains Article I - Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance and Article II - Stormwater Management Ordinance.
The Natural Resources Division routinely coordinates with other local, state and federal agencies, private developers, engineering firms, and the general public regarding the County’s natural resources.