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Water Quality Planning

Water Quality

Water quality is an important contributor to quality of life in the Richmond region.  From the water we drink to the rivers in which we recreate to the wildlife we watch, none of it would be possible without clean water.  PlanRVA works with partners in each member locality and across Virginia to keep the region's waters healthy.

Water quality is a function, not only of action in or near the water's edge, but also how we build and live across the landscape.    Activities on land can result in litter, sediment, and excessive nutrients washing into nearby streams and rivers making them polluted and inhospitable for native plants and wildlife.

Plan RVA has partnered with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to coordinate with member localities and other stakeholders in the Richmond region on efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  Click here to learn more or download our informational brochure.

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Much of the water quality planning work at PlanRVA involves planning for and encouraging best management practices.  Best Management Practices, or BMPs, are physical and behavioral practices that can reduce pollution in our waterways.  Learn more about them here.

How Can You Improve Water Quality?

Garden Sustainability
Instead of using fertilizer, use compost to enrich the soil.  Switch to drip irrigation to water the roots of plants directly.

Modernize Plumbing
Patch up leaks, replace toilets manufactured before 1992 to have a low flow function, and make sure to pump your septic tank every 3 to 5 years to ensure sewage is being adequately treated.

Prevent Erosion
If you own property next to a body of water, build a riparian habitat(natural vegetated buffer) to prevent erosion and sediment pollution.  This can be a fun family project!