Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Cleanup Plan

The Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-up and Oversight Act (HB1150) was passed during the 2006 legislative session of the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law on April 3, 2006 (Title 62.1, Chapter 3.7, section 62.1-44.117-62.1-44.118). The Act established the requirement to develop a plan for the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's waters designated as impaired by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Subsequently the plan also addresses the protection of water resources not yet impaired by pollution. The resulting 'Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan' provides clear objectives, well-developed strategies, predictable time frames, realistic funding needs, common-sense mitigation strategies, and straightforward recommendations to the General Assembly for its consideration for stream restoration and protection. The initial plan was presented to the General Assembly in 2007. The Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Water Cleanup Plan was last updated in July 2009. A  current Virginia Waters Cleanup Plan status report is produced annually and presented to the General Assembly by the Secretary of Natural Resources.

This plan is comprehensive in nature and addresses point and nonpoint pollution sources, as well as air pollution. There are, however, specific elements of the plan related to nonpoint source pollution. Therefore after 2014 DEQ has updated Virginia's Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan.

Visit DEQ's Chesapeake Bay TMDL page for information about cleanup plans and targets.

VA Chesapeake Bay Watershed map

Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Virginia
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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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