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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 170


The purpose of· the Hampton Roads 208 Study is to assess the present and future water quality conditions in the study area and to develop a wastewater management plan to achieve certain water quality goals. The study included all major estuaries in the area and, among other thing·s, took account of population and industrial growth, effluent quality {as mandated by PL92-500) and nonpoint sources of pollution. Land use maps for 1976, estimates of future land use, population projections and many other elements of the study initiated in 1974 provided the foundation upon which the water quality work was based. Projections of point source discharges, both flows and pollutant loads, were developed by Betz Environmental Engineers {Task Package 4). The studies of nonpoint sources of pollution were conducted primarily by Malcolm Pirnie Engineers, Inc. {Task Package 5). Twenty-five sites in the two planning districts were sampled during each of two rain events by VIMS during the period March through October 1976. Data from these field studies were used by MPEI to calibrate the mathematical model of surface runoff called STORM {Storm, Treatment, Overflow and Runoff Model). This model then was used to project nonpoint loads at the time of water quality surveys and for future times.



Water Quality, Virginia, Human Impacts


The preparation of this report was financed througha grant from the u. S. Environmental Protection Agency underSection 208 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendmentsof 1972.