The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing the availability of the 2021 Water Quality Monitoring Plan (MonPlan). On February 15, 2021, the 2021 MonPlan will be available on the agency\\'s website at the following link: https://www.deq.virginia.gov/water/water-quality/water-quality-monitoring/water-quality-monitoring-plan.
A map view of the 2021 MonPlan is available through DEQ\\'s VEGIS viewer at the following link: https://geohub-vadeq.hub.arcgis.com/datasets/fcbf74731d4d4c79a881f8dd23587e52_131.
BACKGROUND: 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.
2021 MONPLAN: The 2021 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 Water Quality Monitoring Strategy. 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.
CONTACTS FOR MORE INFORMATION: Requests for more information on the 2021 MonPlan can be directed to Roger Stewart at 804-698-4449 or Roger.Stewart@DEQ.Virginia.gov. Additional information is also available on DEQ\\'s Water Quality Monitoring website at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/water/water-quality/water-quality-monitoring.
CITIZEN NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2022 MONPLAN: Citizens can nominate portions of lakes, streams and rivers of Virginia for water quality monitoring by DEQ. Nominations received on or before April 30, 2021, will be considered for inclusion in DEQ\\'s 2022 MonPlan. More information on the citizen nomination process is available on DEQ\\'s Citizen Monitoring website at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/water/water-quality/water-quality-monitoring/citizen-monitoring. Contact Stuart Torbeck at (804) 698-4461 or Charles.Torbeck@DEQ.Virginia.gov, for more information.