Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Public Meeting - Load Studies in Waters in Accomack County

Meeting Details
Date / Time 7/18/2012  6:30 pm
Location Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commision (A-NPDC)
23372 Front St
Accomac, VA 23301 
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
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host a public meeting on water quality studies for Gargathy Creek, Finney Creek, Northam Creek, UT to Pitts Creek, Folly Creek, Ross Branch and Wachapreague Channel; all located in Accomack County. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the final TMDL reports and discuss the study with community members and local government.Gargathy Creek (benthic, E.coli, DO), Finney Creek (enterococci), Northam Creek (DO), UT Pitts Creek (E.coli, pH), Folly Creek (DO, benthic), Ross Branch (benthic), and Wachapreague Channel (enterococci), were identified in Virginia’s 2010 Water Quality Assessment & Integrated Report as impaired due to violations of the State’s water quality standard for recreation bacteria, dissolved oxygen, and benthic integrity and do not support the Designated Uses. 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 and subsequent Water Quality Assessment Reports. As a result of the studies, DEQ has developed a Total Maximum Daily Load for each of the impaired waters. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards. To restore water quality, pollutant levels have to be reduced to the TMDL amount. The Virginia Departments of Environmental Quality, Conservation and Recreation, and Health are working to identify the sources of pollution in the watersheds of these streams. The public comment period on materials presented at this meeting will extend from July 19, 2012 to August 17, 2012. Notice of this meeting appears in the July 2, 2012 Virginia Register. Additional information is also available 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: Jennifer Howell 
Address: DEQ - Tidewater Regional Office
5636 Southern Blvd
Virginia Beach, 23462
Email Address:
Telephone: (757)518-2111    FAX: (757)518-2009    TDD: (804)698-4021