DEQ was formed in 1993 when 4 state agencies merged.
Over the last 20 years, DEQ has had seven directors.
Virginia’s population has increased from under 5 million to 8 million, which means more people who are affected by environmental policy and action.
The concentration of ozone, or smog, in the air has gone down by 15% statewide.
The amount of waste diverted from landfills has gone up more than 20% over the last two decades.
Over the last 8 years, 29 streams have been designated as “exceptional waters.”
The number of public boat landings, piers and pathways in the Chesapeake Bay area has increased by 30% thanks to programs like the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.
Emissions of major chemicals that are released into the atmosphere have gone down by 42%.
There have been more than 100 waste site cleanups since 1999.
More than 3,400 acres and 275 sites have been revitalized through DEQ’s Voluntary Remediation Program.
There are now 315 fully restored waterways in Virginia. There are also 1,518 partially restored waterways throughout the state.
people are employed full-time in six regional offices and in one central office.
DEQ’s Virginia Green initiative has gained a following of 1,350 businesses since the program’s inception in 2001.