Water Quality Academic Advisory Committee



Virginia Department of Environmental QualityThe Virginia General Assembly in the 1997 Water Quality Monitoring, Information and Restoration Act (WQMIR) directed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop the EPA-required 303(d) and 305(b) reports in consultation with experts from the state’s universities. To meet the WQMIR academic consultation requirements, the DEQ asked the Virginia Water Resources Research Center (VWRRC) to organize and coordinate a Water Quality Academic Advisory Committee (WQAAC) to serve as an independent advisory body to the DEQ. The WQAAC reviews and evaluates the scientific merits of the DEQ’s existing and evolving water quality assessment procedures for the 305(b) and 303 (d) reports.

Recent Reports


Nutrient Criteria Development for Flowing Surface Waters

2014 – A Screening Approach for Nutrient Criteria in Virginia: Comments and Responses

2012 – Technical and Policy Considerations and Options in Assessing Nutrient Stresses on Freshwater Streams in VA

2012 – AAC Report 2012 – Wadeable  Streams

2010 – AAC Report 2010– Wadeable & Non-Wadeable Streams & Rivers

2009 – AAC Report 2009 – Wadeable Streams
– AAC Report 2009 – Non-Wadeable Rivers

2008 – Freshwater Nutrient Criteria for Non-wadeable Streams in Virginia: Fish Community Assessment: Phase 2

2007 – AAC Rivers & Streams Report 2007Freshwater Nutrient Criteria for Non- wadeable Streams in Virginia: Fish Community Assessment: Phase 1

2006 – AAC Report 2006


Development of Aquatic Life Use Assessment Protocols for Class VII Waters

2013 – AAC 2013 Report

2012 – AAC 2012 Report



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