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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Water Quality Standards [9 VAC 25 ‑ 260]
Action Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Criteria - 2007, 2008 and 2010 Criteria Assessment Protocols Addenda
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ends 12/22/2010
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12/13/10  2:49 pm
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Bay Salinity

Water Quality Standards [9 VAC 25 ? 260]



After reviewing the information on the modification to the Proposed Modification to the

9VAC25-260-185. Criteria to protect designated uses from the impacts of nutrients and suspended sediment in the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.


There is: 

No consideration given to the need of salinity to propagate Clams and Oysters.  It only addresses fish spawning and nursery areas and they are much different than shellfish spawning and nursery areas. 

An effect on private property owners that have Riparian rights to Oyster Grounds. 


An effect on small business as there is a need for salinity levels of 20,000 to 30,000 PPM in order to propagate clams that people all over the world eat.


No mention of the bayside creeks of Northampton County in this regulation.  There is no acknowledgement that they even exist.


No mention of the bayside creeks of Northampton County providing a significant number of jobs to the residents in your Environmental Impact Statement.

    I respectfully request DEQ, DCR and the Office of Planning and Budget to contact other stakeholders and further review its report.

CommentID: 14746