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Virginia’s Nonpoint Source Pollution Program Success Stories

EPA’s Section 319 Program provides grant funding for state and local nonpoint source management efforts. The EPA nonpoint source success story program focuses primarily on nonpoint source-impaired waters where restoration is attributed to actual nonpoint source control or restoration efforts.  EPA has approved a total of 16 success stories in Virginia, with 14 of those based on TMDL implementation plans.

Virginia's Nonpoint Source Success Stories

DEQ's Nonpoint Source Program relies heavily on various federal, state and local agency partners and voluntary stakeholder engagement to achieve the water quality success stories outlined below.  The stories below are short summaries of the extensive work behind each success story, and in no way represent the totality of success stories throughout Virginia. The stories are simply an assortment of examples that have been documented to date.  If you are aware of any water quality success stories that need highlighting, please contact Will Isenberg at or (804) 698-4228.

Figure 1 below shows the rate of DEQ related nonpoint source success story approvals by the EPA nonpoint source program.  There are links to each individual success story below Figure 1. More information regarding the general nature of the development of success stories can be found on EPA's website here.

Graph showing the increase in success stories, starting in 2005.  Initially partial success stories were increasing slightly until they leveled off in 2013.  Alternatively, there was a slow increase in full success stories until 2013, where they climbed from four to twenty stories by 2020




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

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