The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces the release of Virginia’s Draft 2022-2023 Milestones for public review. Virginia is committed to setting and working towards two-year Milestones to improve water quality in accordance with the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). These milestones are a part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) accountability framework designed to ensure, with confidence, that the nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment allocations of the TMDL will be met.
The review period begins on October 6, 2021, and will conclude November 5, 2021. The draft can be found on DEQ's Chesapeake Bay Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Milestones webpage. We invite review by all stakeholders and the general public.
Virginia’s Final 2022-2023 Milestones will be submitted to EPA no later than January 15, 2022 and will be available on DEQ's Chesapeake Bay Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Milestones webpage.
An informational webinar will be held on October 20, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., to share information about the Draft 2022-2023 Milestones. The webinar will provide an overview of the draft milestones and information about the comment submittal process. Public comments will not be accepted during the webinar.
To register for the webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2336682529249985806 (if the link does not open, please copy and paste the link into your browser).
The webinar will be recorded and available during the comment period on DEQ’s Nutrient and Sediment Milestones webpage.
Written comments on the Draft 2022-2023 Milestones may be submitted by either method listed below. Please include the name and mailing address (or e-mail address) of the commenter.
- E-mail: chesbayplan@DEQ.Virginia.gov
- Postal mail: DEQ, ATTN: Chesbayplan, P.O. Box 1105, Richmond, VA 23218
CONTACTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
James Martin, (804) 698-4298, James.Martin@DEQ.Virginia.gov
Megan Sommers Bascone (804) 698-4435, Megan.Bascone@DEQ.Virginia.gov