Contacts

The best source for project specific questions about the Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit process should be directed to VWP Managers in the DEQ Regional Offices in the geographic area of your interest or project. See also the VWP Permit Program staff contact link

VWP Contacts in
Central Office :
Information Area: Phone:
Questions about VWP projects related to surface water withdrawals can be directed to the Office of Water Supply (OWS) Permitting Contacts page or directly to the Surface Water Withdrawal Territory Assignments map.
Dave Davis, Director, Office of Wetlands and Stream Protection General questions regarding the administration and management of the Office of Wetlands & Stream Protection, the Virginia Water Protection Permit Program related to policy, and the Surface Water Investigations Program.
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(804) 698-4105
Steve Hardwick
VWP Coordinator
Questions regarding the VWP Permit Program related to policy, permitting, guidance and compliance. (804) 698-4168
Michelle Henicheck
Senior Wetland Ecologist
Questions regarding wetlands and the wetland monitoring and assessment program. (804) 698-4007
Sarah Woodford
Stream Ecologist
Questions regarding wetland/stream mitigation and mitigation banking, and stream restoration and assessments. (804) 698-4069
Brock Reggi
Stream Restoration Specialist
Questions regarding stream restoration projects.  (804) 698-4243
Hannah Schul
VDOT Permit Specialist
Questions regarding permitting linear transportation and Virginia Dept of Transportation (VDOT) projects. General questions related to mitigation banking. (804) 698-4074
Mackenzie Scott
VDOT Permit Specialist
Questions regarding permitting linear transportation and Virginia Dept of Transportation (VDOT) projects.  (804) 698-4371
Chris Egghart
Cultural Resources Specialist
Questions pertaining to cultural and historical resources for projects and general questions regarding permitting of linear transportation projects. (804) 698-4377
Brenda Winn
Senior Program Coordinator
Questions regarding VWP data queries, program reporting, and VWP regulations. (804) 698-4516
Robert Burgholzer
Office of Water Supply
Questions related to cumulative impact analyses and modeling at the watershed level for surface water withdrawals. (804) 698-4405
Ryan Green
Office of Water Supply
Questions about VWP projects related to surface water withdrawals (804) 698-4258
Tammy Stephenson
Office of Water Withdrawal Reporting
Questions about reporting of surface or ground water withdrawals (540) 562-6828
Tommy Gibson
Surface Water Investigations Program - Hydrologist/Team Leader
Questions related to stream gage monitoring. Refer to additional detailed information below regarding the Surface Water Investigations Program. (434) 293-1025

 

Surface Water Investigations Program

VDEQ and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are the primary agencies responsible for collecting hydrologic data in Virginia. The two agencies work cooperatively to provide a comprehensive picture of real-time and historical hydrologic conditions in the Commonwealth. The mission of the Surface Water Investigations Program (SWI) which is managed under the OWSP, is to collect systematic and reliable hydrologic data regarding the quantity of surface water and elevation of ground water in the Commonwealth. This is accomplished through a network of real-time satellite telemetry gauging stations and is essential for the successful planning and management of the Commonwealth’s water resources.

SWI field personnel currently monitor 68 surface water gages on an eight week schedule, servicing the real-time satellite equipment and measuring streamflow (“discharge”). Stream depth, width and velocity are measured in the waterway to determine discharge. From these measurements, a rating curve is developed by correlating discharge with water level in the stream (“gauge height”). The gage height is recorded every 15 minutes by a data logger located in a permanent gage house, saved and transmitted to the USGS database hourly by satellite telemetry, converted into discharge, then updated to the USGS website (http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/rt).

The office for the Surface Water Investigations Program is located in Charlottesville. Tommy Gibson may be contacted for information on the SWI program. Contact information for the SWI staff is listed in the table below.

Charlottesville Office Personnel Phone
Tommy Gibson - Hydrologist/Team Leader (434) 293-1025
Blake Dudding - Hydrologist (434) 293-1029
Brian Farinholt - Hydrologist (434) 293-1021
Mike Fertitta - Hydrologist (434) 293-1026
Kevin Sawyer - Hydrologist (434) 293-1027

 

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


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