Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Public Hearing - Proposed Chlorophyll a Criteria for the Tidal James River - Water Quality Standards Amendments

Meeting Details
Date / Time 2/26/2019  1:00 pm
Location Department of Environmental Quality, Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 
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 public hearing to receive comments on proposed amendments to the Water Quality Standards Regulation (9VAC25-260) that modify and add new site-specific chlorophyll-a criteria applicable to the tidal James River. The proposed amendments are the result of a comprehensive scientific study overseen by DEQ that focused on chlorophyll-a dynamics and linkages to aquatic life effects in the James River. Among the most notable changes to the regulation are modified seasonal mean criteria (eight proposed criteria are lower than the existing criteria and two proposed criteria are higher) and new short-duration criteria that protect aquatic life from the effects of toxic algae. Additionally, new language describing how data should be analyzed and the allowable exceedance frequencies for both sets of criteria will be inserted into the regulation. The proposal appears in the Virginia Register of Regulations on January 21, 2019.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters
This meeting is a public hearing to receive comment on the following proposed stage(s)
Chlorophyll a Criteria for the Tidal James River [Effective Date - January 9, 2020]

Contact Information
Name / Title: Tish Robertson 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)698-4309    FAX: (804)698-4116    TDD: ()-