Improving Water Quality Goals Tracking

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has implemented new enhancements to their Comprehensive Environmental Data System (CEDS), used for permit compliance reporting.  The primary goal of Virginia’s Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and water permitting programs is to attain and maintain compliance with established water quality standards.

These newest improvements enable DEQ staff to more efficiently and effectively track progress made towards water quality goals within watersheds.  The development work to support these enhancements included fixing some bugs, adding additional query fields, improving search and filter functionality, and enabling streamlined integrations to allow for automated data association between systems.

Another key component of these updates is that the system can now report on which grant funding efforts contributed to the progress made towards meeting water quality goals.  This allows for better decision-making going forward when awarding grants to implement best management practices (BMPs) to improve water quality within other watersheds.