Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Water Quality Standards [9 VAC 25 ‑ 260]
Designate a portion of Bull Run as Exceptional State Waters
Action 3565
[Withdrawn 6/26/2012]
General Information
Action Summary The State Water Board (Board) is considering amending the state’s Antidegradation Policy (9 VAC 5-260-30), part of the Water Quality Standards, by designating as Exceptional State Waters (9 VAC 25-260-30.A.3.c) a segment of Bull Run from the confluence of Little Bull Run (locally known as Catharpin Run) downstream to the crossing of Interstate 66. The Exceptional State Waters category of the Antidegradation Policy allows the Board to designate waters which display exceptional environmental settings and either exceptional aquatic communities or exceptional recreational opportunities for added protection. Once designated, the Antidegradation Policy provides that no water quality degradation would be allowed in the Exceptional State Waters (i.e., no new, additional or increased point source discharge of sewage, industrial wastes or other pollution, including storm water, would be allowed into waters designated exceptional state waters). The only exception would be temporary, limited impact activities. By ensuring that no water quality degradation is allowed to occur in waters with exceptional environmental settings and either exceptional recreational opportunities and/or exceptional aquatic communities, the Board is protecting these special waters at their present quality for use and enjoyment by future generations of Virginians.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [003003]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Bull Run - Designation as an Exceptional State Water (Tier III)
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6010 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 06/26/2012 after the comment period had ended.
Contact Information
Name / Title: David C. Whitehurst 
Address: 629 East Main Street, P.O.Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)698-4121    FAX: (804)698-4116    TDD: ()-