Public Meeting Scheduled Regarding the Blackwater Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Tunnel Construction Project (Sept. 18)

September 11, 2023


On Monday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m., the City of Lynchburg’s Department of Water Resources cordially invites the public to a meeting to hear a presentation and discuss the upcoming Blackwater Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Tunnel construction scheduled to start in the spring 2024. The meeting will take place at the Lynchburg Grand Hotel, 601 Main Street. Light refreshments will be served.

The City of Lynchburg’s CSO Program has been in place for nearly four decades and has greatly improved the water quality in the streams in Lynchburg and James River. To date, this project has eliminated 117 of the 132 overflow points and reduced the overflow volume and pollutant load by over 93%. 

The Blackwater CSO Tunnel Construction Project will be the largest capital project the City has ever done, and it will be the most impactful project to restore water quality to the Blackwater Creek and the James River and provide increased sewer capacity for future development. The primary construction area will be at the end of Seventh Street at US Pipe. 

At the meeting on September 18, there will be a short presentation providing a brief history of the CSO, an overview of the project and the associated water quality and other community benefits. There will also be a discussion regarding the potential impacts of construction activities including traffic, noise, public use of the Point of Honor Trail and the disposal of construction spoils. There will then be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and provide comments.  

September 18 will also begin an official 30-day public comment period for the project. Citizens are welcome to submit comments via the project website HERE

Click HERE and HERE to view maps of the affected areas.