On November 18, 2015, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) signed a new partnership agreement to support water-quality monitoring by citizen groups. Joining in the agreement were the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the Izaak Walton League of America (which coordinates the Virginia Save Our Steams monitoring program), Virginia Citizens for Water Quality, and the Virginia Water Monitoring Council. The public signing ceremony was held at Browns Island in Richmond (across from Tredegar Iron Works on Tredegar Street in downtown).
DEQ’s Nov. 16, 2015, news release on the new agreement is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/NewsReleases.aspx.
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More information on citizen water-quality monitoring is available from the partnership groups at the following Web sites:
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay – https://allianceforthebay.org/our-work/connecting-people/rivertrends/.
Izaak Walton League/Va. Save Our Streams – http://www.vasos.org/.
Virginia Citizens for Water Quality – https://vcwq.wordpress.com/.
Virginia Water Monitoring Council – http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/virginia-water-monitoring-council.