Local Water Quality

  1. Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads

    In order to restore Virginia waterways to health, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) issues pollution diets setting limits on the amount of bacteria that can enter County waterways with documented high bacteria pollution. These limits are known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).

  2. Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load

    In 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

  3. MS4 Permit

    James City County is required to have a Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) permit to discharge stormwater into local waterways. The specific permit is referred to as the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General permit.

  4. Volunteer Programs

    The Division has been working with citizen monitors to sample streams in the County. There are 2 programs volunteers are involved with - bacteria testing, and stream insect collection and identification.

  5. Water Quality Reports

    Learn about water quality in your local watershed, view quality reports, and total maximum daily load results.

  6. Watershed Management