Water Quality



The Port of Virginia traces its origins to 1607, when Captain John Smith and his crew settled at Jamestown to take advantage of all that the Chesapeake Bay has to offer, including a protected deep water and ice-free harbor.

Over 400 years later, the Port of Virginia recognizes the opportunities afforded to us by the world’s second largest estuary, and takes its role seriously in protecting this valuable resource.  Water quality improvements and minimizing the impacts of our operations are key components of our environmental program.  Using advanced engineering, state-of-the-art best management practices, and resourceful habitat creation, the Port over-treats the storm water runoff from our facilities.  This allows us to expand our operation with little to no impact on our waterways and ensures that the water we send to the Chesapeake Bay is cleaner than the Commonwealth’s water quality standards.

We make our livelihood on the Chesapeake Bay and her tributaries. It is our responsibility to ensure that we do what we can to preserve the natural gateway to the Port of Virginia.