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Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Recreational Water Advisories [12 VAC 5 ‑ 135]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description The regulation establishes the Virginia Department of Health's role in issuing and lifting public recreational water advisories based on the beach action value, including procedures for issuing and lifting beach advisories.
State Authority 32.1-2 , 32.1-12 , 32.1-23
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation Through the Virginia Department of Health Beach Monitoring and Notification Program, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency BEACH Act Grant, the commissioner issues and lifts beach advisories and beach warning for public beach water. Regulation provides continuity of public notification whenever there is a higher risk of illness when swimming in public beach water. Beach advisories are issued when samples are equal to or exceed the Beach Action Value (BAV), required pursuant to the EPA BEACH Act Grant, equal to 104 enterococci cfu/100 MPN in saltwater and transition zones; and lifted when samples are below the BAV.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Margaret Smigo  / Waterborne Hazards Program Coordinator
Address: 109 Governor St
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)864-8128    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Establish Regulations for Recreational Water Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/03/2019.