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Region 3 Probabilistic Assessment Project Information

Water quality monitoring and reporting directs the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to expand the percentage of river and stream miles monitored so as ultimately to be representative of all river and stream miles in the state according to a developed plan and schedule. This project will enhance current monitoring by addition of a suite of target analytes to include hydrophobic dissolved trace organic contaminants using Semi Permeable Membrane Devices (SPMDs) to further characterize water quality at the small watershed level.

Objective 1: Determine what proportion of Virginia streams are supporting threatened, partially supporting or not supporting fishable, swimmable and aquatic life uses.

Objective 2: For non-use streams factors that contribute to their degradation will be determined over time.

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