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Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality

General Notice
Announcing the Availability of the 2020 Annual Monitoring Plan
Date Posted: 2/18/2020
Expiration Date: 4/30/2020
Submitted to Registrar for publication: YES
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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing the availability of the 2020 Water Quality Monitoring Plan (MonPlan). The 2020 MonPlan is now available on the agency’s website at the following link:
A map view of the 2020 MonPlan is available through DEQ’s VEGIS viewer at the following link:,%22vis%22:%5b0,9,30%5d%7d%5d 

Every year, DEQ staff from the agency’s six regional offices collect water samples for testing from more than 1,000 locations across the commonwealth. The agency’s various monitoring activities for each calendar year are outlined in the annual statewide MonPlan.

The 2020 MonPlan summarizes DEQ’s water quality monitoring activities to be conducted from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, and is developed for the purpose of implementing the goals and objectives of DEQ’s 2013 Water
Quality Monitoring Strategy1. This water quality information is presented in compliance with the Virginia Water Quality Monitoring, Information and Restoration Act (VA Code § 62.1-44.19:5 ) to help ensure public awareness of water quality issues and conditions. The MonPlan contains detailed information on DEQ’s monitoring activities including the station locations, specific conditions, frequency of monitoring and costs.

Requests for more information on the 2020 MonPlan can be directed to Roger Stewart at 804-698-4449 or Additional information is also available on DEQ’s Water Quality Monitoring
website at: 

Citizens can nominate portions of lakes, streams and rivers of Virginia for water quality monitoring by DEQ. Nominations received on or before April 30, 2020, will be considered for inclusion in DEQ’s 2020 MonPlan. Contact Stuart Torbeck at (804) 698-4461 or, for more information. More information on the citizen nomination process is also available on DEQ’s Citizen Monitoring website at:

1 The 2013 Water Quality Monitoring Strategy is available on DEQ’s website at the following link:

Contact Information
Name / Title: Roger Stewart 
Address: Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond , 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4449    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-