Follow-Up Monitoring

Citizen Nomination of State Surface Waters for Inclusion in 2019 Annual Water Quality Monitoring Plan

Each year, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality seeks input from the citizens of the Commonwealth to identify waterbodies which could benefit from monitoring by agency staff. Nominations can be for any waterbody located in the Commonwealth and are submitted from January 1 to April 30 (extended through May 18, 2018). Once nominations are received, the agency will review the request based on staff and resource availability, if recent monitoring has occurred in the waterbody, and if the request falls under the agency’s water quality monitoring program. If the agency is able to honor the nomination, follow up sampling will occur in the following calendar year.

A Citizen Nomination Story Map is available that outlines the citizen nomination process as well as locations of previous waterbodies that were nominated and sampled by DEQ.

2017 Citizen/Non-Agency Monitoring Activity Report

DEQ has released a new annual summary report, detailing the amount of citizen and other non-DEQ monitoring data received by the agency. An updated report will be prepared every December. This report includes the following:

  1. Summary of monitoring data submitted to DEQ by citizen and other monitoring groups.
  2. Report on the Citizen Monitoring Grant and the latest list of awardees.
  3. Tally of monitoring coverage provided by citizen and other monitoring organizations.
  4. Citizen nominations requests received.
  5. List of organizations registered on the DEQ Citizen/Non-Agency Monitoring Database.
  6. Community outreach events and training opportunities involving DEQ water quality monitoring staff.

Citizen Monitoring and DEQ Water Quality Monitoring Stations

In partnership with the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC), DEQ has developed an online map to show where citizen groups, private industry, non-DEQ government agencies, and other organizations are monitoring for water quality. By clicking the 'VWMC Community Monitoring Efforts in Virginia' link below, you can access a map displaying monitoring organizations and sites as well as download monitoring data.

To view monitoring sites sampled by DEQ and other organizations click the 'Virginia DEQ Geographic Environmental Mapping System' link below. From this page, you can select the mapping application you wish to view. Both the 'What's in My Backyard' and related GIS maps were developed by DEQ as part of the 305(b)/303(d) Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report released every two years by DEQ.

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


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