2013 Citizen/Non-Agency Monitoring Activity Report
DEQ has released a new annual summary report, detailing the amount of citizen and other non-DEQ monitoring data received by the agency. An updated report will be prepared every December. This report, linked below, includes the following:
- Summary of monitoring data submitted to DEQ by citizen and other monitoring groups.
- Report on the Citizen Monitoring Grant and the latest list of awardees.
- Tally of monitoring coverage provided by citizen and other monitoring organizations.
- Citizen nominations requests received for the 2014 monitoring year.
- List of organizations registered on the DEQ Citizen/Non-Agency Monitoring Database.
- Community outreach events and training opportunities involving DEQ water quality monitoring staff.
Citizen Nomination of State Surface Waters for Inclusion in Annual Water Quality Monitoring Plan
During the 1997 legislative session, the General Assembly enacted the Water Quality Monitoring, Information, and Restoration Act (WQMIRA). WQMIRA directs DEQ to provide a procedure for citizens of the Commonwealth to nominate portions of lakes, streams, and rivers of Virginia for water quality monitoring by DEQ. During the 2007 legislative session, the General Assembly changed the schedule for nominations. This was due to a change by DEQ from a state fiscal to a calendar monitoring year. Citizens can send their nominations to DEQ via the procedures described in the file below. Nominations received by April 30 of each year will be considered for inclusion beginning in January of the following year.
Citizen Monitoring and DEQ Water Quality Monitoring Stations
In partnership with the Virginia Water Monitoring Council (VWMC), DEQ has developed an online map to show where citizen groups, private industry, non-DEQ government agencies, and other organizations are monitoring for water quality. By clicking the 'VWMC Community Monitoring Efforts in Virginia' link below, you can access a map displaying monitoring organizations and sites as well as download monitoring data.
To view monitoring sites sampled by DEQ and other organizations click the 'Virginia DEQ Geographic Environmental Mapping System' link below. From this page, you can select the mapping application you wish to view. Both the 'What's in My Backyard' and related GIS maps were developed by DEQ as part of the 305(b)/303(d) Integrated Water Quality Assessment Report released every two years by DEQ.