State Water Quality (Virginia)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Virginia|
|Name||State Water Quality (Virginia)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting|
|Affected Technologies||Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear|
|Implementing Sector|| State/Province
|Program Administrator||Virginia Department of Environmental Quality|
|Primary Website|| http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/WaterQualityStandards.aspx
|Last Review|| 2014-09-15
It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to: (1) protect existing high quality state waters and restore the quality of all other state waters to permit all reasonable public uses and support the propagation and growth of all aquatic life which might reasonably be expected to inhabit them; (2) safeguard the clean waters of the Commonwealth from pollution; (3) prevent any increase in pollution; (4) reduce existing pollution; (5) promote and encourage the reclamation and reuse of wastewater in a manner protective of the environment and public health; and (6) promote water resource conservation, management and distribution, and encourage reduced water consumption.
The State Water Control Board, a citizen board, is responsible for overseeing the quality of state waters. The Board may authorize projects or developments which would constitute a new or an increased discharge of effluent to high quality water, when it has been affirmatively demonstrated that a change is justifiable to provide necessary economic or social development; and provided, further, that the necessary degree of waste treatment to maintain high water quality will be required where physically and economically feasible. A permit from the Board is required prior to the discharge of waste or effluent into state waters, excavation in a wetland area, alteration of the physical, chemical or biological properties of state waters, or filling, dumping, or permanent flooding or impounding of a wetland.
The remainder of this legislation addresses permit fees and regulations, wetland impacts, waste discharges, animal waste management, sewage sludge and septage disposal, water quality monitoring and reporting, and liability for unpermitted discharges.
|Department||Virginia Department of Environmental Quality|
|Division||State Water Control Board|
|Address||629 East Main Street|
|Address 2||P.O. Box 1105|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:|| Va. Code 10.1-2117 through 10.1-2134 (Virginia Water Quality Improvement Act)
|Authority 2:|| Va. Code 62.1-44.2 through 62.1-44.34 (State Water Control Board)
|Authority 3:|| 9 Va. Admin. Code 25-260 (Virginia Water Quality Standards)
|Authority 4:|| 9 Va. Admin. Code 25-280 (Groundwater Standards and Criteria)