VWP Data

Program Information and Data

DEQ maintains a regulatory permitting database (CEDS) from which data is retrieved to develop all or part of approximately nine internal and external, periodic reports. Information developed for the reports may include permitting actions, the time it takes to complete those actions, waters impacts, and the compensatory mitigation that may be required for impacts. Data here is related to the activities in surface waters that are regulated by DEQ’s Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit Program. The VWP Permit Program regulates impacts to state waters, including wetlands, from activities such as filling, dredging, flooding, and the withdrawal of water. This permit program also serves as Virginia's Section 401 certification program for federal Section 404 and Section 10 permits. A Joint Permit Application (JPA) is reviewed by a permit manager, typically in the geographic region of a project, which quantifies the expected areal and/or linear extent of waters impacts by Cowardin Classification (Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States) and/or hydrogeomorphic description.

The applicant must obtain an independent verification of United States waters boundaries from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District Office. The compensatory mitigation often required for surface water impacts is also recorded in the database to assist the program with determining its success on meeting statutory and/or regulatory requirements related to the loss of such water resources. Other data maintained in the database allows permit managers to track the status of the permit process, record periods of review suspension, and important dates, such as the receipt of an application and the issuance of a permit. Listed below are the various reports or links to where the reports may be found. It is our hope that you find the information here interesting and useful, and we encourage you to review these sources prior to submitting a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Use the information provided here at your own risk. To the best of our knowledge, the data and information collected and managed by DEQ, and made available on this web site, are complete and accurate. While staff and management strive to capture accurate data in a timely manner through various Quality Control/Quality Assurance practices, the completeness and accuracy cannot be guaranteed due to the reliance upon human actions and technology performance.

Resource Reports

Administrative Reports

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


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