Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Public Meeting - Portions of Clinch River and Tributaries (Tazewell and Russell Counties)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 5/26/2011  6:00 pm
Location Lebanon Town Hall, 405 West Main Street, Lebanon, Virginia 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document minutes not taken
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? No
Purpose of the meeting
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Conservation and Recreation are announcing an effort to restore water quality, a public comment opportunity, and public meeting. MEETING DESCRIPTION: First public meeting on a study to restore water quality DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: DEQ has been working to identify sources of bacterial contamination in the Clinch River and tributaries including Maiden Spring Creek and Little River in Tazewell County, Virginia, and Indian Creek, Weaver Creek, Swords Creek, Lewis Creek, Big Cedar Creek in Russell County, Virginia. The streams are impaired for failure to meet the Recreational Use because of fecal coliform bacteria violations and violation of the E. coli standard. During the study, DEQ will determine the sources of bacterial contamination and develop a TMDL for bacteria. To restore water quality, contamination levels must be reduced to the TMDL amount. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards. HOW A DECISION IS MADE: The development of a TMDL includes public meetings and a public comment period once the study report is drafted. After public comments have been considered and addressed, DEQ will submit the TMDL report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval. Notice of this meeting was published in the May 23rd Virginia Register and the comment period will run from May 26, 2011 to June 27, 2011. TO REVIEW FACT SHEETS: Fact sheets are available on the impaired waters from the contacts below or on the DEQ web site at
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Martha Chapman  / TMDL Coordinator
Address: 355 Deadmore Street
P.O. Box 1688
Abingdon, 24212-1688
Email Address:
Telephone: (276)676-4800    FAX: (276)676-4899    TDD: ()-