Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan Released

The Office of the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, announces the release of Virginia’s Final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for meeting the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load. View the Phase III WIP.

EO6 Report Released on Revitalizing Environmental Protection in Virginia

Secretary of Natural Resources Matthew J. Strickler has released the final report to Governor Ralph Northam on recommended actions for enhancing protection of air, water, and public health in Virginia, as required under Executive Order Number Six. The report outlines recommended actions to strengthen the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and  reduce pollution, protect public health, and ensure environmental justice.

Commonwealth of Virginia and The Nature Conservancy Partner to Permanently Protect 22,856 Acres in Southwest Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam today announced a partnership between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to permanently protect 22,856 acres of forest land in Russell County in southwest Virginia through the largest open space easement ever recorded in the Commonwealth. [more]

Stop Work Instruction is Lifted on Section of Mountain Valley Pipeline

On Aug. 16 DEQ lifted the stop work instruction issued on Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP). The stop work instruction issued on Aug. 2 was based on issues identified during DEQ inspections that cited insufficient erosion and sediment controls on a two-mile section of the project in Spread H in Montgomery County. [more]

Updated Harmful Algal Bloom Advisories for Lake Anna and Flannagan Reservoir

The Virginia Department of Health updated the Harmful Algal Bloom advisory for Lake Anna to include the Upper North Anna Branch. An advisory has been issued for the John W. Flannagan Reservoir in SW Virginia as well. View the surveillance map here.

North Carolina And Virginia Seek Public Comment On Dan River Restoration Plan

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration trustees, DEQ, along with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are seeking public comment until Sept. 9 on draft restoration plan and assessment related to the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill. [more]

Public Information Session Announced For Air Permit In Southampton

DEQ will host a information briefing on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. to answer questions about a permit to limit air pollution from Enviva Pellets near Franklin, VA. A public hearing will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m. to receive oral comments. The public comment period begins Aug. 11 and ends Sept. 27, 2019. [more]

DEQ Announces $88,000 In Grants For Citizen Monitoring

DEQ has authorized $88,000 in competitive grants to support citizen volunteer water quality monitoring in Virginia. The grants can be used to purchase monitoring equipment, perform laboratory services, and related expenses. Applications are due Aug. 30. [more]


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