Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
GDForum ID: 2482
Description of Proposed Guidance Document Changes
DEQ undertakes fish kill investigations in support of ยง 62.1-44.15(11) which empowers the department to investigate any large-scale killing of fish and recover the costs of investigations and the replacement costs of dead fish. The proposed guidance document replaces the existing DEQ Guidance Memo No. GM02-2002 Fish Kill Guidance Manual Second Edition which outlines the procedures and best practices to determine the cause of fish kill events in the waters of Virginia; to assess environmental damage caused by such kills; and to determine the parties responsible for the kill. This revision is necessary to reflect current agency procedures and to adopt the most up to date methods for conducting thorough, accurate and efficient fish kill investigations. This revised version of the guidance expands upon descriptions of methods to count dead fish under various field conditions using guidelines from the American Fisheries Society. The revision provides more details about preparatory steps staff should take prior to visiting a fish kill and gives additional details on collecting water quality data and samples. In addition, it adds discussions on safety protocols for staff to follow and direction for communicating incidents with the public and media. The revision removes unneeded appendices, internal agency instructions, and forms.
Guidance Document(s) for this Comment Forum
Document ID Document Title Current Document Proposed Document
02-2002 Fish Kill Guidance Manual Second Edition pdf Document     To Be Deleted
GM23-2006 Fish Kill Investigation Guidance Third Edition n/a pdf Proposed Document
Contact Information
Tony Cario
1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400,
P.O. Box 1105
ORM Review
ORM Approved (5/28/2024)
pdf ORM Economic Review Form     posted: 5/23/2024         submitted to ORM: 5/23/2024
The Virginia Register

Publication Date: 6/17/2024    Volume: 40  Issue: 22
The public comment period is red dot In Progress!    closes at 11:59pm on 7/17/2024
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Planned Effective Date:  7/18/2024   
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