Surface Water Management Areas (Virginia)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Virginia

Applies to States or Provinces Virginia
Name Surface Water Management Areas (Virginia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


This legislation establishes surface water management areas, geographically defined surface water areas in which the State Water Control Board has deemed the levels or supply of surface water to be potentially adverse to public welfare, health and safety. It is unclear whether any areas have been designated as surface water management areas to date. This legislation also addresses permitting procedures for water withdrawals. No surface water withdrawal permit is required for (i) any nonconsumptive use, (ii) any water withdrawal of less than 300,000 gallons in any single month, (iii) any water withdrawal from a farm pond collecting diffuse surface water and not situated on a perennial stream, (iv) any withdrawal in any area which has not been declared a surface water management area, or (v) any withdrawal from a wastewater treatment system permitted by the State Water Control Board or the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

Policy Contact

Department Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Division State Water Control Board
Address 629 East Main Street
Address 2 P.O. Box 1105
Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23218
Phone 804.698.4000



Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code 62.1-242 through 62.1-253

Authority 2: 9 Va. Admin. Code 25-220