Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
 Electronic Access 
Public Information Webinar - Draft 2022 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual Updates

Meeting Details
Date / Time 2/11/2021  2:00 pm
Type Electronic Only 
Electronic Access Registration link: Webinar ID: 917-343-155
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document agency has not posted
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
DEQ will host a webinar to provide updates to the water quality assessment guidance manual for the 2022 Integrated Report cycle. The draft 2022 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual will be released for public comment on January 19, 2021 and the comment period will end on February 18, 2021. A list of the updates will be provided in Part II of the manual. The webinar will also cover the process for submitting water quality data to DEQ for review and evaluation in the assessment process. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will release the draft 2022 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual on January 19, 2021. Virginia’s 2022 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual contains the assessment procedures and methods to be used for the development of Virginia’s 2022 §305(b)/ §303(d) Integrated (i.e. combined Water Quality Assessment and Impaired Waters) Report. The assessment guidance seeks to address all key elements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2006 Assessment Guidance and subsequent updates current to December 2020, in addition to the assessment methodology for Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Standards established by EPA and adopted by Virginia (Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Dissolved Oxygen, Water Clarity, and Chlorophyll a for the Chesapeake Bay and Its Tidal Tributaries). By the release date, a copy of the draft 2022 Water Quality Assessment Guidance Manual will be available for download from the DEQ Water Quality Assessment webpage at: Section 62.1-44.19:5 C of the Code of Virginia requires DEQ to develop and publish the procedures used for defining and determining impaired waters and provide for public comment on the procedures. The public is invited to submit written comments from January 19, 2021 through February 18, 2021. Comments should include the name, address, telephone number, and, if applicable, the e-mail address of each person and/or organization submitting comments. Comments and related correspondence should be addressed to Amanda Shaver (see contact information below). Responses to comments received will be made collectively, via a response document. The response document will be posted on the assessment webpage along with the final guidance manual. DEQ accepts water quality data to be reviewed and evaluated for assessment purposes on a continual basis. However, in order to be used for the 2022 IR, all data must be submitted by March 5, 2021. DEQ will hold a public webinar for citizen monitoring groups to discuss strategies for submitting their data. Data submitted after this date will be reviewed in preparation of the 2024 IR.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Amanda Shaver 
Address: Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4181    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-