DEQ's Strategic Plan

Program capability

Goal: Achieve focused, more efficient programs to meet or exceed environmental standards.

Objective:  Proactive policy, comprehensive planning and effective program development


  • Sustainable management of the Coastal Plain Aquifer System
  • Comprehensive groundwater protection strategy
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Policies for greenhouse gases and emerging issues
  • Stormwater management program
  • Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan
  • Risk assessment and management of cleanups
  • Innovative and flexible permit process
  • Environmental Management System efforts

Objective:  Certain, consistent and timely compliance, permits and enforcement


  • Consistent and timely identification and resolution of non-compliance and enforcement referrals
  • Continuous improvement efforts in permit programs

Objective:  Focused monitoring and assessment


  • Ambient groundwater quality strategy
  • Ambient air quality conditions in accordance with new and revised air quality standards
  • Efficient and sufficient water monitoring


Goal: Foster an informed and engaged community.

Objective: Collaborative environmental problem solving with engaged stakeholders


  • Community involvement best practices throughout DEQ operations
  • Communication networks for program development and implementation
  • Public involvement
  • Commonwealth's environmental long-range priority


Goal:  Achieve optimal use of current and new resources.

Objective: Agency resources focused on priorities at full capacity


  • Culture of strategic thinking and continuous improvement
  • Use of technology
  • Audit and program assessment processes for efficient and effective practices


Goal: Sustain an outcome-oriented workforce and culture.

Objective: A workforce that is prepared for the future


  • Skilled professionals
  • Build a culture of learning
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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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