State Air Pollution Control Board Meeting Held Today

At its quarterly meeting held in Richmond on Sept. 20, the Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board (SAPCB) expressed continued interest in environmental justice, public engagement and carbon reduction. No SAPCB actions were on the agenda. DEQ provided updates on environmental justice, carbon trading rule and Executive Order 43. [more]

DEQ Selects Skeo Solutions To Lead Environmental Justice Study

DEQ has selected Skeo Solutions, Inc., a nationally recognized leader in environmental planning and community engagement, to conduct its environmental justice study. Skeo, a federally certified small business founded in 1996 and based in Charlottesville, will identify options and recommendations to DEQ for the development of a strategic approach on environmental justice issues. [more]

DEQ Wins 2019 Governor's Technology Award

DEQ was recently awarded a 2019 Governor’s Technology Award in the category of “IT as Efficiency Driver – Government to Citizen,” for its online Wetland Condition Assessment (WetCAT) tool. WetCAT is designed to evaluate wetland conditions over time through monitoring and assessment. [more]

State Water Control Board Approves Wetlands Permit For Potomac Yard Metrorail

The State Water Control Board (SWCB) unanimously approved a Virginia Water Protection Permit for the City of Alexandria to construct Alternative B of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. [more]

DEQ Announces Up To $1.5 Million to Address Pollution Projects In Virginia Watersheds

Up to $1.5 million for competitive grants is available to improve water quality in Virginia. Grant awards can range from $100,000 to $400,000 and applications are due Oct. 31, 2019. [more]

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]

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.

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]


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