The best source for project specific information about the Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit process should be directed to Permit Program staff in the DEQ Regional Offices in the geographic area of your interest or project. See also the VWP Permit Program Staff List.
|Dave Davis, Director, Office of Wetlands and Stream Protection
||General questions regarding the administration and management of the Virginia Water Protection Permit Program.
||Questions regarding the VWP Permit Program related to policy, permitting, and guidance.
||Questions regarding wetlands and the wetland monitoring and assessment program.
||Information regarding wetland/stream mitigation and mitigation banking, and stream restoration and assessments.
||Informaiton regarding permitting linear transportation and Virginia Dept of Transportation (VDOT) projects.
||Questions pertaining to cultural and historical resources for projects under VWP permit review.
|Questions regarding the technical aspects and VWP permitting requirements of surface water withdrawal projects, such as intake structures, reservoirs, dams, and hydroelectric generating facilities.
|Robert Burgholzer, Office of Water Supply
||Questions related to cumulative impact analyses and modeling at the watershed level for surface water withdrawals.
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. Keith Lambert may be contacted for information on the SWI program. Contact information for the SWI staff is listed in the table below.
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