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Water Quality Standards [9 VAC 25 ‑ 260]
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Chapter Information
Description Establishes narrative and numerical water quality criteria to protect designated uses and an antidegradtion policy for state waters.
State Authority Sections (62.1-44.15 )10 and (62.1-44.15 a3 ) of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority Clean Water Act (33 USC 1251 et seq.)
40 Code of Federal Regulations 131
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To protect public health and/or welfare with the least possible costs and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

To establish numerical and narrative measurements to be used to protect and guage water quality in the waters of the Commonwealth.
Meetings

Contact Information
Name / Title: David Whitehurst 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address: david.whitehurst@deq.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)698-4121    FAX: (804)698-4032    TDD: (804)698-4021
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Triennial Review Proposed Secretary of Natural Resources review in progress.
Triennial Review Proposed Not yet submitted to Attorney General for certification.
CH 0260 Useable - -

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendment to Update DEQ Mailing Address Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/6/2012.
Designate a One Mile Segment of the Dan River as a Public Water Supply [EFF DATE-APRIL 23, 2014] Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/23/2014.
Nutrient Criteria for the Tidal James River NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/12/2011.
Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Criteria - 2007, 2008 and 2010 Criteria Assessment Protocols Addenda Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/6/2011.
Triennial Review - EFFECTIVE DATE SET- SEE GENERAL NOTICE POSTING FOR DETAILS Proposed Not yet submitted to Attorney General for certification.
Protection of Eastern Shore Tidal Waters for Clams and Oysters Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/20/2009.
Designate a segment of the North River within George Washington National Forest and a segment of Little Stony Creek within Jefferson National Forest as Exceptional State Waters Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/22/2008.
Portions of Hazel River as Exceptional Waters [NOTE: EFFECTIVE AUGUST 12, 2008} Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/12/2008.
Amendments for Criteria to Protect the Designated Uses of Lakes and Reservoirs from the Impacts of Nutrients [Eff. Date: August 14, 2007] Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/14/2007.
Designation of Tributaries of Simpson Creek as an Exceptional State Water [Eff. Date September 11, 2007 - See October 1, 2007 Register) Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/11/2007.
Amendment to Designate Certain Tributaries of the Pedlar and North Fork of the Buffalo Rivers and a Portion of the North Fork of the Buffalo Rivers as Exceptional State Waters (Effective Date: Septemer 11, 2007 - see October 1, 2007 Register) Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/11/2007.
Amendments - Water Quality Standards - Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Waters Criteria [SECTIONS 5, 10, 50, 185, 186, 350 EFFECTIVE JUNE 24, 2005 - Sections 310, 410 & 530 EFFECTIVE JANUARY 12, 2006]] Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/12/2006.
Designation of Several Waters in the Shenandoah National Park as Exceptional State Waters [ EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 29, 2005] Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/29/2005.
Designation of a Section of Bottom Creek as an Exceptional Water {EFFECTIVE DATE - JUNE 10, 2005 - NOTICE TO BE PUBLISHED JULY 11, 2005} Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/10/2005.
Designation of a Section of Little Stony Creek as an Exceptional Water {EFFECTIVE DATE - JUNE 10, 2005 - NOTICE TO BE PUBLISHED JULY 11, 2005] Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/10/2005.
Designation of a Section of Ragged Island Creek as an Exceptional Water {EFFECTIVE DATE - JUNE 10, 2005 - NOTICE TO BE PUBLISHED JULY 11, 2005} Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/10/2005.
Designation of Lake Drummond and portions of 6 other streams as Exceptional Waters {EFFECTIVE DATE - JUNE 10, 2005 - NOTICE TO BE PUBLISHED JULY 11, 2005} Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/10/2005.
Technical Correction - Formula for Calculation of Acute and Chronic Ammonia criteria for Saltwater Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/12/2004.
Water Quality Standards Triennial Review Amendments (Effective Date: Feb. 12, 2004) Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/12/2004.
Amendment of Water Quality Standards - Update Certain Criteria and Use Designations (Sections 5, 160-170, 310 & 390 Pub. 6/17/02 - Sections 140 & 155 Pub. 8/12/2002: Effective Date: August 27, 2003 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/27/2003.
Amendment of the water quality standards to update numerical criteria and/or narrative criteria for dissolved oxygen (Notice of EPA Approval Published 5/6/2002 - Effective Date 6/5/2002) Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/5/2002.
Designation of Nutrient Enriched Waters and Potomac River Basin Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 6/7/2000.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Designate a portion of Bull Run as Exceptional State Waters NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 6/26/2012 after the comment period had ended.
Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Criteria - 2007, 2008 and 2010 Criteria Assessment Protocols Addenda Emergency Stage withdrawn before the Secretary's office completed its review.