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

2016 – AAC Report 2016 – Wadeable Streams

2014 – Lessons from Florida’s Experience Developing Numeric Nutrient Standards for Flowing Waters

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 Streams, Non-Wadeable Streams (Phase IV) & Downstream Loading

2009 – AAC Report 2009 – Wadeable Streams

– AAC Report 2009 – Non-Wadeable Streams (Phase III)

2008 – AAC Progress Report  – Non-Wadeable Streams (Phase II)

2007 – AAC Report December 2006 – Wadeable Streams & Downstream Loading

– ACC Progress Report  – Non-Wadeable Streams (Phase I)

2006 – AAC Report 2006

–  Literature Review

Development of Aquatic Life Use Assessment Protocols for Class VII Waters

2016 – AAC 2016 Addendum Report

2016 – AAC 2016 Report

2015 – AAC 2015 Report

2014 – AAC 2014 Report

2013 – AAC 2013 Report

2012 – AAC 2012 Report


Other AAC Reports

2015 – Using Single Sample Information to Evaluate Criteria for Waterbody Health Risk



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