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Local Water Quality

Aerial Photo of small areas of land surrounded by tree-branch like waterwaysHampton Roads Planning District is committed to providing localities with the best resources, information, and technical assistance related to local water quality. Reducing pollution in the form of high levels of nutrients, bacteria, sediment, and chemicals is critical to the health of our local waterways. A waterway in Virginia becomes impaired when monitoring results indicate failure to meet state water quality standards. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) then facilitates the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for various pollutants. HRPDC’s Water Resources Department coordinates with DEQ, Hampton Roads localities, and stakeholders to develop TMDL Implementation Plans and to conduct TMDL outreach activities.

Map Image of 2016 Impaired Rivers and Estuaries in Hampton Roads 

Many TMDLs, TMDL Implementation Plans, and TMDL Action Plans have been completed for waters located within or partially within the Hampton Roads region; others are under development. See the links below for more information:

Final TMDL Implementation Plans for Waters in Hampton Roads (updated July 2018)

Impaired Segment

City/County

Pollutant

Back Bay Watershed

Virginia Beach

Bacteria

Blackwater River

Franklin

Bacteria

Blackwater River (Lower), Maggodee Creek, Gills Creek

Franklin

Bacteria

Chowan River Watershed

Dinwiddie, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Southampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, Surry

 

Chuckatuck and Brewers Creeks (Technical Report and Public Document)

Suffolk, Isle of Wight

Bacteria

Hoffler Creek

Suffolk, Portsmouth

Bacteria

Lynnhaven River, Broad and Linkhorn Bay

Virginia Beach

Bacteria

Mill Creek and Powhatan Creek

James City

Bacteria

North Landing Watershed (including Milldam, Middle West Neck, and Nanney Creeks)

Virginia Beach

Bacteria

Piankatank River, Gwynns Island, Milford Haven

Mathews, Middlesex, Gloucester

Bacteria

Pigg River and Old Womans Creek

Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania

Bacteria

Smith River and Mayo River Watersheds (Technical Report and Public Document)

Patrick, Henry, Floyd, Franklin

Bacteria

Upper Nansemond River

Suffolk, Isle of Wight

Bacteria

Upper Roanoke River

Bedford, Botetourt, Floyd, Franklin, Craig, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties, and Roanoke and Salem Cities

Bacteria, Sediment

 

Nonpoint Source Funding through DEQ’s 319 program may be available for those localities with approved local TMDL implementation plans. See DEQ’s website for updated solicitations of Requests for Funding (RFA)

Draft TMDL Implementation Plans for Waters in Hampton Roads (updated July 2018)

Impaired Segment

City/County

Pollutant

Back and Poquoson Rivers, Back Creek

York County, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson

Bacteria

 

Virginia TMDL reports and documents are available via the links below: