Martinsburg Public Works Department

Stormwater Management



 Stormwater Infrastructure and Urban Tree Inventory

The City of Martinsburg is accepting applications for Temporary, Seasonal, Part-time Employees to assist in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data collection, digitization, and processing efforts. The temporary employment will be forty (40) hours per week for no longer than ninety (90) days. The pay rate is $13.00 per hour with no benefits. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Deadline for consideration is April 10, 2021 with start date to be May 2021. There are three (3) positions advertised under this announcement.

Tasks and duties of the job, at a minimum, include the collection of GPS locations and condition information of stormwater infrastructure, digitizing and georeferencing existing engineering drawings of stormwater infrastructure, and the creation of a geodatabase of all collected field data and georeferenced documentation. Interns will also work on updating Martinsburg’s tree inventory to assess and catalogue publicly  owned trees and trees that affect the public rights-of-way. ArcGIS, Trimble GPS, and multiple data platforms will be used for both the stormwater infrastructure and tree inventory. Applicants may also be asked to contribute to other Department projects as assigned by the Stormwater Coordinator.

Applicants must have recently completed an undergraduate degree in environmental science, engineering, geography or related field, or are presently a Junior or Senior in pursuit of said degree. Experience editing ArcGIS data layers and maps is preferred. Valid driver’s license is required.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects and to reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel, talk, hear and smell.  Essential functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking rough terrain and climbing inclines at work sites.  The employee may also be exposed to conditions and hazards associated with construction sites and potentially hazardous materials and equipment, fumes or vapors. Work may be performed in enclosed spaces. Use of appropriate safety equipment is required. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet in the office and moderately loud while performing field work. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If interested in this position you may obtain a City of Martinsburg employment application on the City website at Mail the applications to City Hall at 232 N. Queen St., Martinsburg WV, email them to, or drop them in the payment box on the exterior front entrance to City Hall. When making application, please include up to two pages, front and back, detailing experience you bring to the position and a minimum of one reference from an instructor or others professional that can speak to your work product. This should also include relevant coursework and projects completed in and out of the classroom. For any questions about the position, please email Jared Tomlin, Stormwater Coordinator, at  

Since 2018, the City of Martinsburg Stormwater Management has held a summer internship program. Summer intern positions focus on digitizing past construction files and all relevant infrastructure data, collecting new information in the field, digitizing and georeferencing existing engineer drawings of stormwater infrastructure and the creation and/or maintenance of a geodatabase of all collected field data and documentation. This includes processing all collected data to the MS4 infrastructure map, creating a digital inventory and uploading to a network drive. Interns will also contribute to other duties and projects as assigned. Below is the 2020 internship story map!

The City of Martinsburg Stormwater Program, in partnership with West Virginia Rivers Coalition, has developed a new digital tool for connecting eastern panhandle residents with opportunities to protect their local watersheds.

A watershed is an area of land where all of the water that flows across or drains off it collects into a common body of water. For example, land in and around Martinsburg flows into the Opequon Creek, which is a tributary to the Potomac River.

The “Find Your Watershed” tool, which covers all of Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan Counties, is innovative in providing an opportunity for interested residents to directly introduce themselves to their local watershed group.


MS4 Community

 The City of Martinsburg is a Phase II MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) community. Martinsburg’s Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) was submitted to WVDEP on March 8, 2004 and amended on April 18, 2005. 

 The SWMP document outlines the City’s program to develop, implement and enforce a stormwater management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, to protect water quality, and to satisfy the appropriate requirements of the Clean Water Act in accordance with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Phase II Program.
The SWMP addresses the six minimum control measures as required by state regulations.
The City has legal authority to fully implement its SWMP. 
The City currently uses monies from the general fund to fund the operation and maintenance of the stormwater system and to perform capital improvements. The City currently has limited financial resources to develop, implement and enforce the six minimum control measures.
The WVDEP NPDES Permit coverage area is intended for the City corporate limits.
The six minimum controls are:
1.         Public Education/Outreach
2.         Public Participation/Involvement
3.         Illicit Discharge Detection/Elimination
4.         Construction Site Runoff Control
5.         Post Construction Runoff Control
6.         Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

Stormwater Collection & Conveyance

 The City of Martinsburg’s stormwater collection and conveyance system consists of various curb gutters, drop inlets, and over 50 miles of gravity storm sewer mains that convey the storm water to outlets along Tuscarora Creek, or in the case of the combined segment, to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.  Since stormwater is collected and conveyed, in both separate and combined storm sewer systems, the City of Martinsburg is classified by the US EPA as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System and a Combined Sewer System.

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System

During precipitation events water that falls upon impervious areas such as roof tops, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots will transport pollutants from these surfaces to the Tuscarora Creek.  To reduce this pollutant loading to the stream, the City of Martinsburg has adopted various best management practices such as routine street/curb cleaning, rain garden construction, and rain barrel workshops.

Combined Sanitary/Stormwater System

During precipitation events water that falls upon impervious areas such as roof tops, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots will transport pollutants from these surfaces to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.  To address this additional loading at the treatment facility, the City of Martinsburg maintains a Stormwater Management Plan that constantly addresses the pollution entering the collection system while maximizing the capacity of both conveyance and treatment systems during storm events.

Stormwater runoff involves water not absorbed by the ground when it rains. Due to urban expansion, this has become a growing concern as manmade impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, parking lots, and roads increase stormwater runoff. This is now considered one of the leading causes of water pollution.

In an effort to protect life, property and the water environment from loss, injury and damage caused by storm and surface water, the EPA has designated Martinsburg, like many other cities and counties across the state, as a “Phase II” stormwater community. According to the Clean Water Act, a Phase II designation requires cities to actively manage stormwater to the new EPA standards or face significant penalties.

Ordinance 2010-17: Article 937 of the Codified Ordinance relating to Stormwater Management and Surface Discharge Control

Ordinance 2013-17: The Stormwater Management Ordinance of the City of Martinsburg

New Developments

Martinsburg’s stormwater management plans include a program to improve and expand drainage systems in the urban watershed, construction site runoff control and post-construction stormwater runoff management from new developments located in the watershed. The new program will also meet all of the new federal requirements, including the following:

- Control illicit discharges to storm drain systems.
- Reduce pollutants in stormwater discharges.
- Control stormwater runoff by providing design, construction and maintenance criteria for permanent and temporary stormwater facilities.
- Maintain and improve the stormwater collection system in order to protect and improve water quality in the receiving streams and to reduce or eliminate local flooding resulting from stormwater accumulation. 
- Promote public education and outreach on stormwater pollution and prevention methods.

What You Can Do to Help

Some of the most common household activities can have an unhealthy impact on our water quality, from washing the car to killing weeds. Each time it rains, stormwater, or water not absorbed by the ground, carries pollutants into our waters. Here are some tips to help keep our waters clean.

Agriculture & Lawn Care

- Manage animal waste to minimize contamination or surface water and ground water, and obey local animal waste laws.
- Keep leaves, grass clippings and other debris away from storm drains, gutters and waterways. These outlets drain directly into lakes, streams and rivers and can contribute to harmful algae blooms and fish kills.
- Run your mower with the vent closed. Clippings left on the lawn can dramatically reduce the need for additional nitrogen (from fertilizers).
- Choose plants, trees and other landscaping elements that will do well in your area with little watering.
- Start a compost pile of leaves and grass clippings to serve as a naturally rich fertilizer and mulch. Otherwise, bag leaves and grass and set out for pick-up.
- Whenever possible, protect drinking water by using less pesticides and fertilizers.
- Dispose of pesticides, containers and tanks according to directions on containers.
Automotive Care
- If you spill an engine degreaser, oil, brake fluid, tire cleaner or anti-freeze, do not hose it off. It will then eventually reach local streams and lakes. Instead, sprinkle sawdust, cornmeal, cat litter or a commercial absorbent over the spill. Let soak and sweep up.
- Consider taking your car to a car wash or washing it on the grass, where the ground can absorb water and pollutants can be filtered.
- Fix any car leaks to avoid contaminating our watershed with oil. One quart of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water.
- Dispose of oil, antifreeze, paints and other household chemicals properly and according to instructions on containers.
Conservation & Prevention
- Save hundreds of gallons of water with ease by putting a spray nozzle on your hose and turning off the hose between rinses.
- Ask carpet cleaners, painters and contractors how they keep pollutants from entering the groundwater system.
- Before draining swimming pool, let the water stand until it no longer contains chlorine and other pool cleaners.
- Clean and maintain boats away from water. Use a drop cloth and vacuum paint chips and dust.
- Fuel up cars and boats carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when it rains?

Rainwater runs across impervious surfaces (parking lots, roofs, streets, etc.) and collects in the City’s storm sewers. Most of this water then travels directly into our streams and rivers. Occasionally, excess rainwater overwhelms the storm sewers, or these facilities fail to function as designed. The water then floods into our homes, businesses and streets. In some locations (depending on the age and design of the storm and sanitary sewers) rainwater may overflow out of the storm sewer system and into an adjacent sanitary sewer system. These excess flows are sometimes discharged directly into the watershed.
What are we required to do with the stormwater?
The Federal EPA has designated Martinsburg as a “Phase II” stormwater community. This means that the City must actively manage stormwater to the new EPA standards. Martinsburg is subject to significant penalties if we fail to comply with the Federal requirements.
What are the benefits of stormwater management?
By enacting stormwater management, we will comply with Federal and State requirements. This also means that we will improve the water quality in our urban watershed. Other benefits may include flood control, a significant reduction in pollution caused by surcharged sanitary sewers, improved watershed planning, public education and the improved maintenance, repair and expansion of our stormwater collection system.
Isn’t this service paid for out of my taxes?
Historically, stormwater management has been funded out of the City’s general revenue fund. Compliance with the new Federal standard requires considerable additional funding. Additionally, to support new construction in our city, we must provide for new stormwater management oversight and facilities. Without additional efforts toward stormwater management, urban development in and around Martinsburg will degrade the quality of our water, and thus our quality of life. To date, the City of Martinsburg has and will continue to rely on funds from the general revenue fund for stormwater management. However, in the future, the City may consider utilizing state legislation which authorizes cities to establish a stormwater utility, whereby separate fees may be collected to fund and operate stormwater activities, such as administration and capital improvements. 

Contact Information:

Jared Tomlin, Stormwater Coordinator

Austin Dotson, Stormwater GIS Analysist

Becca Russell, Stormwater Technician

Jeff Wilkerson--Public Works Director

For General Info: 304-263-7187

Stormwater Hotline

Daytime Hours- Public Works Department 304-263-7187
After 3 PM and on Weekends-Martinsburg Police Department 304- 264-2100

Call the Stormwater Hotline to report any illicit discharges or other potentially harmful practices

West Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program

EPA Outreach Toolbox

Land Disturbance Permit Application

City of Martinsburg Stormwater Plan

City of Martinsburg MS4 2016 Annual Report

City of Martinsburg MS4 2017 Annual Report

City of Martinsburg MS4 2018 Annual Report

City of Martinsburg MS4 2019 Annual Report

City of Martinsburg MS4 2020 Annual Report