The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has scheduled a meeting for invited stakeholders and other interested public to provide a briefing on the efforts of agency staff and the Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) on Freshwater Nutrient Criteria and to consult with the stakeholders on these efforts. The meeting will be June 12, 2008 in the training room of the DEQ Piedmont Regional 0ffice at 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia from 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM.
The Commonwealth's "Plan for Nutrient Criteria Development," can be found on the DEQ Web site at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/wqs/pdf/nutplan2.pdf. This plan states that during the criteria development phase, the Commonwealth will rely on technical advice/expert opinion from in-house technical staff and an AAC and that a separate general stakeholders group composed of environmentalists, industrial, municipal wastewater and other interested parties will periodically meet with DEQ staff for briefings and opportunity for comment. Information about DEQ’s collaborative effort with the AAC can be found on the DEQ Web site under “ActionRivers and Streams” at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/wqs/rule.html#NUT2.