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Strategies and Tools

Local and state planners need to have a variety of strategies and tools to assist in determining the best management practices for their region. This section will help to consolidate these items to one location.


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EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States. Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

The Calculator accesses several national databases that provide soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information for the chosen site. The user supplies information about the site’s land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use.

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EPA Nonpoint Souce Outreach Toolbox for effective and targeted outreach campaigns.

EPA digital shorts: Reduce Runoff: Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In

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Photo Credit: Illinois EPA

WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE MANUAL - for 2012 305(b) / 303(d) Integrated Water Quality Report

Chesapeake Bay Phase V Model

Chesapeake Bay Program Water Quality Steering Commitee Workgroup Briefing Materials - May 2007

Virginia Pump-Out Stations by Waterbody

YR Conflict Report

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission and its member localities and partnership agencies undertook a study to enable local governments to identify and determine the issues and conflicts that are affecting the waterfront.

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York River Basin Map (VaDEQ .pdf))

Small Coastal Basins Map (VaDEQ .pdf)

York River & Small Coastal Basins map of impaired waters for 2010 (VaDEQ .pdf)

For all DEQ Maps

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"Development Growth Outpacing Progress in Watershed Efforts to Restore the Chesapeake Bay," This review was conducted in response to a congressional request to determine how well EPA is assisting its Chesapeake Bay partners in restoring the Bay.  This report focuses on progress to reduce nutrient and sediment loads from developed and developing land sources.
MPPDC Report

Interested in TMDLs? The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission has produced a report entitled "Inventory of Non Traditional Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems and Impacts on Land Use Patterns." This report and associated links contains maps showing installed and potential engineered septic sites of the counties within the York River drainage.

Essex Co. - OSDS and Comparison
Gloucester Co. - OSDS and Comparison
King William Co. - OSDS and Comparison
Mathews Co. - OSDS and Comparison
Middlesex - OSDS and Comparison
Middle Peninsula Map and Installation Costs

Healthy Waters Approach - DCR

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Healthy Waters - A new ecological approach to identifying and protecting healthy waters in Virginia

Mercury/PCB Fish Advisories

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York River and Small Coastal Basins

Harmful Algal Blooms

DEQ Water Monitoring Information

Virginia Estuarine & Coastal Observing System


Virginia Estuarine & Coastal Observing System - provides dataflow and up-to-date water quality monitoring information for the lower Chesapeake Bay

Living Shorelines

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Photo Credit: Karen Duhring

Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) Living Shorelines Website

Bay Health Index - Chesapeake Bay Program/Integration & Application Network Presentation

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Chesapeake Bay Program/Integration & Application Network Presentation

EPA Enviromapper for Water Quality

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EPA Enviromapper interactive map for the York River Mainstem

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) in the Chesapeake Bay

Photo Credit: Koel Ghosh

Virginia Institute of Marine Science SAV Program

"SAV Beds Show Improvement in Parts of Middle Bay Virginia Tributaries - 2006"





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