Since 2001, Virginia has been operating a comprehensive Nonpoint Source TMDL Implementation Program, primarily funded through federal EPA Section 319(h) funds.
Upon completion of TMDL Implementation Plans, watershed areas may be eligible to receive funding to complete comprehensive, multi-year TMDL implementation projects. The purpose of the projects is to implement on-the-ground activities or Best Management Practices, BMPs, in order to improve water quality and meet water quality standards. The goal of these projects, through restoration and protection efforts, is to meet water quality standards and associated TMDLs.
Annually Virginia provides a summary of TMDL Implementation accomplishments funded through the 319 program
Success of Virginia's TMDL Implementation Program can also be shown through the number of project areas that have shown improving water quality conditions or have been delisted from Virginia's 303(d) list of impaired waters. A number of these project areas have been accepted National NPS Success Stories by EPA. Through Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories, EPA tracks the progress of partially or fully restoring waterbodies associated with implementation actions.
Virginia’s TMDL Implementation Program, funded by Section 319(h), provides funds for various Best Management Practices (BMPs) identified in approved TMDL Implementation Plans. Projects that receive funding for agricultural BMPs need to follow DCR’s Agricultural Cost-Share Program and associated annual guidance documents. Within the TMDL program, projects that receive funding to support agricultural BMPs as well as residential septic BMPs need to follow DEQ’s TMDL Implementation Cost Share Residential and Agricultural BMP Guidelines.
For more information on Virginia's TMDL Implemenation Program contact Virginia's TMDL Implementation Program Coordinator