What Monitors Can Do

The Virginia Biosolids Fee Guidance Manual provides information for local monitoring activities. Some of the activities for local biosolids monitors, or other government officials designated to conduct monitoring activities, are described below:

  • Reviewing permit information related to health and environmental protection issues
  • Site monitoring, sample collection and delivery and examination of records
  • Site inspections (prior to land application, during and following biosolids application)
  • Ordering the abatement of any violation of state regulations (in consultation with DEQ)
  • Verifying sign notices, setback distances, and site management
  • Assessing post application runoff
  • Managing records, including data entry, communications, developing reports
  • Responding to issues complaints, including contact with the public and state officials
  • Collecting samples and testing
  • Training

The Biosolids Fee Guidance Manual was prepared by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and still refers to that agency. However, the Department of Environmental Quality is now responsible for the biosolids land application program, including the monitoring program.