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Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality

General Notice
Notice of the Availability of the 2019 Fish Tissue Monitoring Data
Date Posted: 1/15/2021
Expiration Date: 3/1/2021
Submitted to Registrar for publication: NO
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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) announces the availability of the 2019 Fish Tissue monitoring data. 

DESCRIPTION:  The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) conducts routine studies of fish tissue and sediment samples in state waters to assess the human health risks for individuals who may consume fish from state waters and to identify impaired aquatic ecosystems.  Results are made available to the public each year on the agency’s website. 

In 2019, DEQ collected fish tissue samples from sites located in the York, Small Coastal and Chesapeake Bay, Potomac, James, and Roanoke River basins.  Samples were analyzed for polychlorinated biphenyls and a suite of 17 metals, including mercury.

2019 monitoring results are available on the agency’s website at the following link: .

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) uses the data generated by DEQ’s fish tissue monitoring program to determine the need for fish consumption advisories.  More information on VDH fish consumption advisories is available here:

CONTACTS FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Questions on DEQ’s fish tissue monitoring program can be directed to Rick Browder at 804-698-4134 or , or Gabriel Darkwah at 804-698-4127 or .  Additional information is also available on the VADEQ Water Quality Monitoring website at the following location:

NOTE: For links provided above. If the link does not work, please copy and paste it to your browser. 

Contact Information
Name / Title: Richard Browder 
Address: DEQ - 1111 E. Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4134    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-