Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Public Meeting - Clean up study (TMDL) and clean up plan for Beaverdam Creek, Fryingpan Creek, Pigg River, and Poplar Branch in Bedford, Pittsylvania, and Franklin Counties

Meeting Details
Date / Time 9/27/2022  6:00 pm
Type Physical Location Only 
Location Franklin Center - 50 Claiborne Avenue, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on 29 September, 2022 at the same time and location. 
Board Website 
Agenda document pdf Meeting Agenda 9/13/2022   (51k)
Minutes document agency has not posted
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
PURPOSE OF NOTICE: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks public comment on the development of a cleanup study, also known as a Total Maximum Daily Load report (TMDL), for Beaverdam Creek, Fryingpan Creek, Pigg River, and Poplar Branch in Bedford, Pittsylvania, and Franklin Counties. These streams are listed as impaired since monitoring data does not meet Virginia’s water quality standards for the General Standard (Benthics). Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and §62.1-44.19:7.C of the State Water Control Law requires DEQ to develop cleanup studies to address pollutants responsible for causing waters to be on Virginia’s 303(d) list of impaired waters. A component of a cleanup study is the Waste Load Allocation (WLA); therefore, this notice is provided pursuant to §2.2-4006.A.14 of the Administrative Process Act for adoption of the WLA into the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation, 9VAC25-720 after completion of the study. A study has been completed for Beaverdam Creek, Fryingpan Creek, Pigg River, and Poplar Branch watersheds to identify pollutant sources and recommend reductions needed from the sources to meet water quality standards. DEQ will present the results of the study at the public meeting and provide an overview of the draft report. Citizens are invited to provide comments on the study. This meeting will also seek public comment on the upcoming development of a cleanup plan, also known as an Implementation Plan (IP), for these impaired waters and seek participants in various working groups to assist in the cleanup plan development. §62.1-44.19:7.C of the Code of Virginia requires the development of a cleanup plan for approved TMDLs. DEQ is developing a cleanup plan to identify the actions necessary to address the water quality impairment in Beaverdam Creek, Fryingpan Creek, Pigg River, and Poplar Branch. The cleanup plan will identify corrective actions needed to improve water quality to meet Virginia’s water quality standards, and discuss the associated costs and environmental benefits. DEQ will introduce the community to the process used to develop the plan. CLEANUP STUDY AND PLAN LOCATION: The cleanup study and cleanup plan address the following impaired stream segments: The Beaverdam Creek stream segment, located in Bedford County, is impaired for 10.33 miles and begins at its headwaters and continues to the 795 ft. pool elevation on Smith Mountain Lake. The Fryingpan Creek stream segment is located in Pittsylvania County and is impaired from the headwaters downstream to the Rt. 40 crossing. The Pigg River stream segment is impaired for 4.43 miles from the mainstem near Five Mile Road downstream to the confluence with Turners Creek. The Poplar Branch stream segment, located in Franklin County is impaired for 2.56 miles from its headwaters downstream to its confluence with Snow Creek. ADVISORY GROUP: A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to assist in the development of the cleanup study was convened on 10/7/2021, 4/5/2022, and 5/10/2022. All individuals who wish to participate on the TAC for the upcoming cleanup plan (IP) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Persons interested in participating should notify the DEQ contact person during the comment period and provide their name, address, phone number, email address and the organization they represent (if any) or indicate their interest at the public meeting. Notification of the composition of the panel will be sent to all individuals who requested participation. PUBLIC MEETING: The final public meeting on the development of the cleanup study and the first public meeting on development of the cleanup plan will be held on 27 September, 2022 at the Franklin Center - 50 Claiborne Avenue Rocky Mount, VA 24151 at 6:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on 29 September, 2022 at the same time and location. PUBLIC COMMENT: For 30 days from September 27, 2022 to October 27, 2022. HOW TO COMMENT: DEQ accepts comments orally, by e-mail, fax, or postal mail. All comments must be received by DEQ during the comment period. Submittals must include the name, organization they represent (if any), mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/requester. CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Lucy Smith; Blue Ridge Regional Office, 901 Russell Drive, Salem, Virginia 24153; Phone: 540-988-6152; E-mail:; Fax: (804) 698-4178. The public may review the cleanup study at the following website address:
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Lucy Smith 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Salem, 24153
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)988-6152    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-