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TMDL Water Quality Study Reports - Accotink Creek watershed (City of Fairfax & Fairfax County)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 6/28/2017  6:30 pm
Location Kings Park Library Meeting Room, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015 
Board Website 
Agenda document not available
Minutes document minutes not taken
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host a public meeting on the two draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) water quality study reports that were developed for the Accotink Creek watershed that is located in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. The purpose of the meeting is to present the draft sediment and chloride TMDL reports and to discuss the study with community members in order to receive feedback. There will be a 30-day public comment period for interested stakeholders to comment on the two draft reports. Written comments will be accepted from June 21, 2017 to July 21, 2017. Directions for how to submit a comment are below. Throughout the 30-day public comment period, the two draft TMDL reports can be found at the website linked below: Biological monitoring data collected by DEQ have shown that sections of Accotink Creek and Long Branch do not meet Virginia’s water quality standard for aquatic life use due to poor health in the benthic biological communities. The stressor identification analysis, which was finalized on September 29, 2015 identified sediment, chloride, hydromodification, and habitat modification as the most probable stressors contributing to the benthic impairments in the Accotink Creek watershed. Of the four most probable stressors, only sediment and chloride are pollutants. DEQ, with assistance from the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB), have been developing TMDLs for sediment and chloride in accordance with the Clean Water Act. DEQ and ICPRB developed sediment and chloride TMDLs for the biologically impaired waters and will present the two draft studies at the meeting. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards. To restore water quality, pollutant levels have to be reduced to the TMDL amount. The biologically impaired streams, counties, impairment and size are: (i) Upper Accotink Creek, Fairfax County/City of Fairfax, Benthic Macroinvertebrate Bioassessments, 11.59 miles; (ii) Long Branch (central), Fairfax County/City of Fairfax, Benthic Macroinvertebrate Bioassessments, 2.37 miles; and, (iii) Lower Accotink Creek, Fairfax County, Benthic Macroinvertebrate Bioassessments, 10.09 miles. The meetings of the TMDL process are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. Written comments on the two draft TMDL reports will be accepted from June 21, 2017 through July 21, 2017 and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. To submit written comments, please contact the staff person listed. For more information on this meeting or the Accotink Creek TMDL study, please contact staff person listed via phone, email, or conventional mail using the information listed above. All materials related to this project have been posted on the DEQ website under the “Accotink Creek” section of the webpage located at the web address below: Notice of this meeting appears in the June 12, 2017 Virginia Register.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to discuss a proposed change
Discuss particular regulations / chapters
General business

Contact Information
Name / Title: Will Isenberg 
Address: DEQ - Office of Watershed Programs & Ecology
PO Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
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