Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
TMDL Public Meeting - Rappahannock River Tributaries (Essex, Westmoreland, Richmond, Caroline, & King George Counties)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 6/22/2017  6:00 pm
Location Westmoreland Fire Department, 52 Rectory Rd, Montross, VA 22520 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document minutes not taken
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
A community meeting will be held. This meeting will be open to the public and all are welcome to participate. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors, Virginia Tech Biological Systems Engineering, will announce the development of a water quality study known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for tributaries along the Rappahannock River located in Essex, Westmoreland, Richmond, Caroline, and King George Counties. This is an opportunity for local residents to learn about the condition of these waters, share information about the area, and become involved in the process of local water quality improvement. A public comment period will follow the meeting (6/23/2017 – 7/24/2017). Persons interested in reviewing project materials through an advisory committee should notify the DEQ contact person listed by the end of the comment period and provide their name, address, phone number, email address and the organization they represent (if any). MEETING DESCRIPTION: A public meeting will be held to introduce the local community to the water quality improvement process in Virginia, known as the TMDL Process, invite their participation and solicit their contributions, and review next steps. Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and §62.1-44.19:7.C of the Code of Virginia require DEQ to develop TMDLs for pollutants responsible for each impaired water contained in Virginia’s 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: Portions of the Rappahannock River and its tributaries were identified in Virginia’s 2014 Water Quality Assessment & Integrated Report as impaired due to violations of the State’s water quality standards for Enterococci and E. coli and do not support the Designated Uses of “Primary Contact (recreational or swimming)”. The specific impairments are attached. Reductions and TMDLs for the causes of the impairments will be developed during the water quality study process. HOW TO COMMENT AND PARTICIPATE: The meetings of the TMDL process are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome.Written comments will be accepted through July 24, 2017 and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. For more information or to submit written comments, please contact the staff person listed. Notice of this meeting appears in the June 12, 2017 Virginia Register. Affected Waterways: 1. Baylors Creek (E22R-05-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_BAY01A08, 5.89 miles, Baylors Creek from its headwaters to the extent of backwater of Baylors Pond; 2. Elmwood Creek and Tributary XHY (E22R-04-BAC), Assessment Unit VAPE22R_ELM01A06, 9.07 miles, the nontidal portion of Elmwood Creek and its tributary XHY in its entirety; 3. Stillwater Creek (E22R-08-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-22R_STL01A14, 3.52 miles, Stillwater Creek from its headwaters at Cockerel Creek downstream to its tidal limit; 4. Peedee Creek (E22R-06-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_PEE01A08, 3.29 miles, the mainstem of Peedee Creek from its headwater to the extent of tide; 5. XHW – UT to Peedee Creek (E22R-09-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_XHW01A14, 0.47 miles, headwaters to mouth; 6. Peedee Creek, tidal portion (E22E-03-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22E_PEE01A14, 0.15 sq. miles, tidal Peedee Creek; 7. Jetts Creek (E21R-10-BAC), Assessment Unit VAN-E21R_JET01A10, 1.85 miles, segment begins at the confluence of Boom Swamp with Jetts Creek, and continues downstream to the end of the free flowing waters; 8. Portobago Creek (E21R-11-BAC), Assessment Unit VAN-E21R_PBC01A10, 7.00 miles, segment begins at the confluence of two intermittent tributaries around rivermile 6.66 and extends downstream to the end of the free-flowing waters; 9. Mill Creek (E21R-07-BAC), Assessment Unit VAN-E21R_MIC01A08, 4.58 miles, begins at the confluence with Peumansend Creek, at rivermile 6.06, and continues downstream until the tidal waters of Mill Creek; 10. Rappahannock River (E22E-05-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22E_RPP02A02, 3.35 sq. miles, the Rappahannock River from the tidal freshwater/oligohaline boundary downstream to river mile 51.04.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Anna Reh-Gingerich 
Address: DEQ Piedmont Regional Office
4949-A Cox Road
Glen Allen, 23060
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)527-5021    FAX: (804)527-5106    TDD: ()-