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Director of Environmental Engineering
Scott B. Smedley

 Email Addresses 

Phone Numbers
(804) 748-1035
(804) 768-8629 Fax

Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing Address
Chesterfield County Environmental Engineering
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, Virginia 23832-00400

Street Address 
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832Map this 

Environmental Engineering
WaterTrends Program

Chesterfield WaterTrends is Chesterfield County’s official citizen water monitoring program.  Volunteers in the Chesterfield WaterTrends program perform a variety of water quality tests that gauge the overall health of the county’s waterways. The program gives volunteers access to local trainings, annual recertification sessions, volunteer events, and ready access to water quality data from many of the county’s waterways. The program is supported by a Citizen Water Monitoring Grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

New volunteers are trained at one of two annual training sessions, typically offered in the spring and again in the fall. They learn to monitor a basic suite of parameters that include: dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity and temperature. In addition to these, supplemental trainings are offered throughout the year that include; bacterial monitoring, habitat assessment, invasive species monitoring and more. New volunteers also have the option of participating in a mentoring program which pairs them with experienced monitors in the field. Volunteers receive an Orientation and Training Manual and monitoring equipment. There is no cost to participate in the program.

If you are interested in participating in the program please contact the Environmental Outreach Coordinator.

Annual Volunteer Reports

Chesterfield WaterTrends monitors submit their data to the Department of Environmental Engineering. Water Quality Analysts compile and interpret the data and publish it an annual volunteer report. The report provides an annual assessment of the health of the water bodies monitored by Chesterfield WaterTrends volunteers.

These reports are made available to all residents and are included in Chesterfield County’s annual NPDES report.

Resources for current monitors

To obtain reagent refills and replacement equipment please email: cwt@chesterfield.gov  

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