Water Quality

We have been implementing programs to preserve, protect and restore the chemical, biological and physical integrity of Chesterfield County's streams, rivers and lakes since 1996. The county is fortunate to have approximately 1,300 miles of streams, three reservoirs, and about 124 miles of riverfront along the Appomattox and James Rivers.

In addition to our efforts to preserve and protect the county's water bodies, we also provide a variety of services to Chesterfield citizens as well as volunteer opportunities including:

Water Quality Reports

These reports present the physical and chemical water quality data collected by the water quality team.

As a component of Chesterfield County's Watershed Assessment and Stream Protection Program (WASP), 26 stream sites were investigated monthly to ascertain the general state of water quality throughout the county and to identify streams that may be in need of special protection and/or remediation. Additionally, this initial data will serve as a baseline for future water quality trending throughout the county.

Site Selection

Sites were selected by a careful review of maps produced from the county's geographic information system. Streams were selected to represent a variety of sizes and watershed land uses. Additionally, ease of access was an important component of the sites that were chosen.

Following the map analysis, a field survey was conducted in order to verify site locations, accessibility and feasibility. A list of stream sites was finalized and assigned a specific reference identifier consisting of the prefix "WQ" (i.e. water quality) followed by a sequentially increasing number (01 to 26) to differentiate them from other WASP program sites. Twelve of the 26 final sites overlapped with WASP bio-monitoring sites.

Request Reports

Email the water quality team or call 804-748-1035 to request water quality reports.