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Water Resources

Chesapeake Bay

Water Quality and TMDL Development

Map of the Chesapeake Bay and Major River Basins in Hampton Roads

Localities in Hampton Roads and HRPDC staff are working together to clean up the Chesapeake Bay through a variety of efforts:

  • Local government representative to the Chesapeake Bay Program's Urban Stormwater Working Group, co-chair of the Land Use Work Group, at-large member of the Water Quality Goal Implementation Team, member of the BMP ad-hoc Verification Team, and participant in other Bay Program partnership work groups. Links to all meetings can be found on the Chesapeake Bay Program’s calendar page.
  • Participation in Virginia’s Phase I, II, & III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG), convened by the Secretary of Natural Resources
  • Participation in the Commonwealth’s Phase III WIP effort to address loads in unregulated developed, septic, and forest sectors; conducted stakeholder meetings and produced a final report
  • Coordination of the Regional Water Quality Monitoring Program between Phase I MS4 localities, USGS, and HRSD
  • The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) and its partners are looking ahead to incorporate the effects of climate change into their modeling. All modeling products and data used by the CBP can be found on the Chesapeake Assessment Scenario Tool (CAST).
  • Chesapeake Bay Word Cloud Graphic


Chesapeake Bay Current Events

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act (Bay Act)

  • The Commonwealth established the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) Designation and Management Regulations, which apply to all localities in Tidewater, in 1988. 
  • CBPA programs and policies were adopted to protect and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay by reducing nonpoint source pollution through effective land use management.
  • The intent of the Bay Act is to balance reasonable development interests and water quality improvement.
  • The regulatory amendments to incorporate the impacts of climate change and to include the preservation of mature trees became effective on September 29, 2021. The Tidewater localities have three years to incorporate the changes.    HRPDC staff continue to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Group convened by the Department of Environmental Quality to provide input on the implementation of the new requirements. 
  • HRGEO houses the resource protection area (RPA) for all Hampton Roads localities subject to CBPA, and askHRgreen.org has new homeowner outreach information and a mapping application to help locate the RPA and provide contact information for the local staff.

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