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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 135. Recreational Advisories
5/26/2024

12VAC5-135-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Beach action value" or "BAV" means the concentration of an indicator organism that shall determine whether a beach advisory is issued or lifted.

"Beach advisory" means a public announcement that the beach action value has been met or exceeded and informing the public of a higher risk of illness when swimming.

"Beach warning" means a public announcement issued as a result of the department suspecting a public beach water hazard to be present, such as during extreme weather events or chemical spills or when the department has been unable to test public beach water as scheduled.

"Commissioner" means the State Health Commissioner or the commissioner's designee.

"Department" means the Virginia Department of Health.

"Public beach" means a sandy beach located on a tidal shoreline adjacent to water that is suitable for swimming and that remains open and accessible for public use.

"Public beach water" means the water adjacent to a public beach.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-12 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 26, eff. October 3, 2019.

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