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Surface Water Management Area Regulation [9 VAC 25 ‑ 220]
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Chapter Information
Description Establishes the process for designation of a surface water management area and criteria for issuing, modifying, revoking or denying a permit in order to protect beneficial uses during periods of drought.
State Authority Section 62.1-242 et seq . of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority n/a
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 protect the beneficial uses of the stsreams of the Commonwealth by identifying areas that may be impacted by low flows during drought periods and by designating those areas as Surface Water Management Areas.

To provide a coordinated approach in managing and allocating the limited surface water resources of the Commonwealth during periods of low flow.

To ensure that water supply sources are protected and managed wisely.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Scott Kudlas 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4456    FAX: (804)698-4032    TDD: (804)698-4021
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Fast track amendment to update citations and make the regulation consistent with state statute Fast-Track Comment period is underway and will end on 2/10/2016.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Final Exempt Action for Chapter 348 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/1/2013.
Surface Water Management Area Regulation - Technical Amendments Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 5/10/2000.