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State Water Control Board Holds Quarterly Meeting

Sept. 24, 2020


Board approves annual updates and hears turbidity report

RICHMOND, Va. – Today, the State Water Control Board (Board) held its regular quarterly meeting. The Board unanimously approved several amendments to regulations for water protection programs, including the Construction General Permit and Virginia Stormwater Management programs. The amendments incorporate into regulation several laws adopted by the 2020 General Assembly to improve water quality protection. These regulations will become effective 30 days after publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations.

The Board authorized use of $1.117 million from the Clean Water Revolving Loan program to address a critical need for wastewater infrastructure funding in 13 localities in Southwest Virginia. The first phase will provide 75 percent principal forgiveness to localities for completion of a Sewer System Evaluation Survey to identify high priority repairs to reduce collection system inflow and infiltration and/or sanitary sewer overflows.

The Board also heard an update from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) staff regarding efforts to bring the town of Clifton into compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Act. A special consent order was approved for unauthorized discharges by the Covington Wastewater Treatment Plant located on the Jackson River, which includes a civil penalty and a supplemental environmental project that will stabilize a nearby tributary.

No new significant violations were received this quarter. DEQ staff provided its regular update on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. No violations of consent decree requirements were noted for the period March 11 to June 10. Necessary corrective actions identified during inspections were reported and corrected within required timeframes. 

DEQ staff provided a presentation about turbidity, which included an overview of Virginia’s water quality standards, research on turbidity impacts and an overview of other states’ turbidity criteria. At its next meeting in December, the Board will be provided with an update on the status of the process to develop numeric turbidity criteria and a preliminary timeline for future steps.

For more information about the Board or to view the presentations and meeting recording, visit


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