PROTECTING VIRGINIA'S WATER

Wild Virginia has led the effort to insist that regulators, especially the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), enforce Clean Water Act requirements to protect Virginia’s high-quality waters and clean up polluted streams.

We have begun a new campaign to reform regulations and policies that govern the DEQ’s use of water quality standards, one of the most important tools to protect our waters. We have identified serious flaws in Virginia’s regulatory systems related to these standards. These include the state’s failure to establish necessary criteria to control sediment pollution and nutrients that can cause damaging and dangerous algae blooms and its refusal to implement narrative criteria already in place. To read more about these issues, see this column from May 2020.

Wild Virginia will continue to advocate necessary changes, in administrative and court proceedings, and will educate the public to play its rightful role as well. We count on your support and involvement to make this effort a success.

Big News!
In Feburary 2021, two important bills that Wild Virginia helped to champion were approved by both the State Senate and the House of Delegates.  These bills could help limit damages from the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and help to ensure that the state rejects damaging proposals like the MVP in the future.

  • SB1265 strengthens the state’s authority to stop work on major gas pipelines when they cause damage or pose imminent threats to our waters. read the latest update here.
  • SB 1311 makes sure that the necessary information is submitted to the state early in a pipeline review and that the state protects its authority under the Clean Water Act.

Get Involved:

Sign the Petition to protect Virginia’s water quality.

– Learn more about our Campaign to Protect Virginia’s Water Future

– Join Wild Virginia or renew your membership here.