DEQ's Water Division is responsible for carrying out the mandates of the State Water Control Law, as well as meeting Virginia's federal obligations under the Clean Water Act. DEQ administers state laws and regulations to improve and protect Virginia's streams, rivers, bays, wetlands and ground water for aquatic life, human health and other beneficial water uses.
The division staff works with citizens, businesses, local governments, and other state and federal agencies to plan and implement strategies and programs that protect Virginia’s water resources. Permits are issued to businesses, industries, local governments and individuals that take into account physical, chemical and biological standards for water quality. Sustainability and availability of the Commonwealth’s water resources are addressed through regulations addressing water use, water withdrawals, and water conservation.
To learn more about the many DEQ programs that monitor, assess, protect, and improve Virginia’s waters, please visit the water quality program listing.