Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Public Meeting - Chickahominy River (Henrico & Hanover Counties)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 1/30/2013  6:00 pm
Location Twin Hickory Branch Library
5001 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059 
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 and consultant, MapTech Inc, are presenting the summary of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study to restore water quality. Public meetings on a study to restore water quality along the Chickahominy River’s headwaters in the jurisdictions mentioned above. The watershed includes the communities of Wyndham, a portion of Short Pump (N. of Broad St.), Meredith Woods, Twin Hickory, and Broad Meadows. Meeting will feature a summary of information gathered on the watershed including land use, water quality monitoring, determination of pollutant (sediment), suspected and known sources of pollutant, and reductions of pollutant needed to restore water quality of the Chickahominy River and tributaries. Those attending are encouraged to ask questions and to contribute their knowledge of the watershed. A draft of the study will be made available approximately one week prior to the meeting for review at Virginia agencies have been working to identify causes of the aquatic life use impairment in the waters of the Chickahominy River [Chickahominy River - Hanover & Henrico - 7.06 miles - Impairment for Aquatic Life Use - Pollutant Sediment. Biologists assess the presence, absence and prevalence of aquatic species, and evaluate stream habitat and water quality to determine a score of overall stream health. The headwaters of the Chickahominy River are impaired for the Aquatic Life use based on assessments of the aquatic community which scored poorly. The study will report on the most probable stressor(s) of the aquatic community and recommend Total Maximum Daily Loads, or TMDLs, for the impaired waters based on the determination of most probable stressor(s). A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards (AKA “pollution diet”). In order to meet standards, pollutants should be reduced to the TMDL amount. DEQ must develop TMDLs for all impaired waterways per the Clean Water Act. The development of a TMDL includes 2 sets of public meetings and comment periods; one to initiate the study and another to present the final draft TMDL report. This meeting is the second for the Chickahominy River headwaters project for aquatic life use. After the final public meeting and all public comments have been considered and addressed, DEQ will submit the TMDL report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State Water Control Board for approval. The public comment period on materials presented at this meeting will extend from Thursday, January 31st and will end on Friday March 1, 2013. Notice of this meeting and comment period appears in the December 31, 2012 Virginia Register.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Margaret Smigo   / TMDL Coordinator
Address: VADEQ - Piedmont Regional Office
4949A Cox Road
Glen Allen, 23060
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)527-5124    FAX: (804)527-5106    TDD: (804)698-4021