Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Public Participation Guidelines [9 VAC 25 ‑ 11]
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8/18/21  10:41 pm
Commenter: Meredith Haines

I get a water bill quarterly - you might provide notice of State Water Board activities with it.

I am a resident of Virginia concerned, as we all are, about clean air, clean water, a safe environment and a thriving ecosystem, but think about them typically only when there is an immediate concern or threat.

When that concern or threat is coming from an activity that the State Water Board has regulatory authority over, we need to be assured that the timeline for a community to respond is adequate to the scale of the impact. I feel that this has not been the case, and that increasing the time and mechanisms for public input be revised to be broader.

As far as notifying the public, I would suggest that you consider using the notification mechanisms by which we are billed for water. This is a time when a household is thinking about their own  water supply and might be primed to consider other related issues. While I get my water bill from the Town of Vienna, and annually a water quality report, I would find it perfectly fitting to also get a DEQ State Water Board notification of activities.

Thank you for considering my comments.

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