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Reduction of Toxics in State Waters Report - January 2019

From 1997 through 2015, DEQ, on behalf of the State Water Control Board, submitted the annual Toxics Reduction in State Waters Report (toxics report) to the Governor and General Assembly of the Commonwealth on January 1st of each year, in accordance with Virginia Code § 62.1-44.17:3. That Code section requires the State Water Control Board to conduct ongoing assessments of the amounts of toxics in Virginia's waters, develop and implement a plan for the reduction of toxics in Virginia's waters, and report on those efforts to the General Assembly. In 2015 the General Assembly amended the code such that the Report is now required biennially.

The primary objective of the toxics report is to document the Commonwealth’s progress toward reducing toxics in state waters and consequently improving water quality. The Department’s efforts to reduce toxics include three principal types of activities: (1) the prevention of contamination of the Commonwealth’s waters by toxics, (2) the continued monitoring of those waters for the presence of toxics and (3) the implementation of remedial measures to reduce and/or eliminate toxics found in the Commonwealth’s waters.

Reports from previous years are available on CD. To obtain a copy, contact Andrew Garey via email at or phone at (804) 698-4253

All files are in Excel format unless otherwise noted. Visit DEQ’s help page if you are unable to view these files.

2019 Toxics Reduction in State Waters Report (PDF)

2019 report appendices (20.1 MB ZIP)

Historical data and information

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

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