Natural Resources

Water Quality

Water Quality

Graphs at a Glance

Discharges into the Chesapeake Bay (pounds per year)

  2009
Baseline
2013
Progress
2014
Progress
2015
Progress
Watershed
Plan
Target 2017
Watershed
Plan
Target 2025
Nitrogen 68,127,540 60,860,114 59,023,893 58,763,363 58,803,790 52,587,957
Phosphorus 8,671,812 7,660,214 6,623,916 6,520,982 7,309,951 6,402,043
Total Suspended  Solids 3.7 trillion 3.58 trillion 3.66 trillion 3.57 trillion 3.4 trillion 3.25 trillion
Source: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Watershed Implementation Plans

 


Solid Waste in Virginia.

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Segments in Virginia,
in Acres, 2006-2015


Solid Waste in Virginia.

Blue Crab Populations in the Chesapeake Bay,
in Millions, 2007-2015


Solid Waste in Virginia.

Percentage of Impaired Virginia Waterways,
by Type, 2010-2014


Solid Waste in Virginia.

Percentage of Impairments Found in Virginia Rivers,
by Impairment Category, 2010-2014


Solid Waste in Virginia.

Percentage of Impairments Found in Virginia Lakes and Reservoirs, by Impairment Category, 2010-2014


Solid Waste in Virginia.

Percentage of Impairments Found in Virginia Bays and Estuaries, by Impairment Category, 2010-2014



Virginia Wetlands, in Millions of Acres

  1992 1997 2002 2007 2012
Freshwater Marsh 1.383 1.368 1.364 1.364 1.364
Saltwater Marsh 0.188 0.190 0.190 0.188 0.186
Total Marsh Acreage 1.571 1.558 1.554 1.552 1.550
Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2012 National Resources Inventory

Water Withdrawals in Virginia, by Use Category and Source Type (in Millions of Gallons Daily)

Water Use 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Agriculture 24 30 31 33 33
Commercial 14 13 12 12 15
Irrigation 35 29 30 19 30
Manufacturing 432 382 386 379 372
Mining 22 19 14 16 14
Other 3 3 3 3 3
Public Water Supply 785 775 752 740 752
TOTALS 1315 1251 1228 1202 1219
Source: Virginia Dept. of Environmental Quality, Water Use Data System