West Virginia Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Listserv
Purpose and Ground Rules
The WV MS4 Listserv is an electronic forum where list subscribers may post announcements, participate in discussions
and pose and answer questions. A list server automatically distributes an e-mail message from one member of a list
to all other members on that list. Instructions on subscribing and unsubscribing and instructions on using the
Listserv are outlined below.
The purpose of this Listserv is to foster communication and promote interaction between MS4’s, government, and
businesses that are interested in Urban Stormwater Issues. The intent is for you and other subscribers on the
Listserv to provide financial, administrative and management assistance to individuals and organizations involved
with managing stormwater programs. This listserv is intended as a tool to build a user community of stormwater
utility management staff, other local government staff with significant stormwater management responsibility
(finance directors, planners, city/county managers); technical assistance providers/consultants, and funding
The Listserv is open to anyone who is interested, but it is private – meaning that your name has to be added by the
No one approves the messages before they are sent out to members. Participation is open to anyone, although the focus
of the discussion is on stormwater issues. Requests for information, passing along articles and sites to explore,
and other information exchange is encouraged and is a critical function of the group. If you ask for information and
get a good deal sent to you individually, it would be nice for you to compile the responses and post the results so
others can benefit from the information you received.
The Listserv is not to be used to sell or advertise goods or services. Commercial advertising, junk mail, political
endorsements and chain e-mails should not be posted to this list. It’s also not a forum for bashing anyone or any
organization. And, no foul language will be tolerated. In the unlikely event a list member fails to observe these
standards, they are subject to be removed from the list. Since your message goes to all members on the Listserv,
please send an individual message when you have a personal message to send.
Consider all messages public. In other words, most of us work for taxpayer supported governments and as such, these
messages are not considered private.
To become a member of the WV MS4 Listserv please send your name and e-mail address to Jeff Smith, Samuel.G.Smith@wv.gov.
What is a Listserv?
Listserv is the ‘brand’ name for software that supports an electronic mailing list, which is a special usage of
e-mail that allows for widespread distribution of information to many users. It is similar to the traditional
mailing list of multiple names and addresses. A mailing list typically refers to four things: a list of e-mail
addresses, the subscribers receiving mail at those addresses, the e-mail messages sent to those addresses, and a
reflector, which is a single e-mail address that, when designated as the recipient of a message, will send a copy of
that message to all of the subscribers.
Each listserv has a topic of interest, such as ours being the West Virginia MS4 program. Sometimes mailing lists are
public, that is, anyone with an e-mail address anywhere in the world can subscribe. Sometimes, lists are private. In
this case, the list’s owner or sponsor must subscribe people. The WV MS4 Listserv is private. You must send your
request to Jeff Smith to be subscribed to this list. His e-mail address is above.
Electronic mailing lists can make sending mail to groups of people much easier, especially if the group is large and
constantly changing. Group members need only to maintain their own addresses and subscription status. Mailing lists
are extremely beneficial as one member can send out a question to all the subscribers in hopes of an answer to