Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Water Quality Study Public Meeting - Maury River & Tributaries

Meeting Details
Date / Time 3/6/2013  7:00 pm
Location Natural Bridge Volunteer Fire Department at 5705 S. Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document minutes not taken
Disability Friendly? No       Deaf interpreter available upon request? No
Purpose of the meeting
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors, Virginia Tech’s Biological Systems Engineering Department, will present preliminary data for the development of a water quality study known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDLs) for the Maury River and its tributaries, including Cedar Creek, North Fork and South Fork Buffalo Creek, the mainstream of Buffalo Creek, and Colliers Creek. This is an opportunity for local residents to share information about the area and its local streams. MEETING DESCRIPTION: The public meeting will be held to introduce to the local community the water quality improvement process in Virginia, known as the TMDL Process, invite their participation and solicit their contributions, and review the next steps. 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. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: Several streams in the Maury River watershed do not meet Virginia’s water quality standards due to excessive bacteria and have been placed on the 2006, 2008, and 2010 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report as impaired. The bacteria standard preserves the “Primary Contact (recreational or swimming)” designated use for Virginia waterways. Excessive bacteria levels may pose a threat to human health. This water quality study reports on the sources of bacterial contamination and recommends reductions to meet Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for 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, bacterial levels need to be reduced to the TMDL amount. Virginia agencies are working to identify sources of bacterial contamination in the Mary River and its tributaries. In addition, Colliers Creek does not host a healthy and diverse population of aquatic life, and subsequently was listed as impaired for the “General Benthic (Aquatic life)” water quality standard. This water quality study (TMDL) will review all data collected and determine the cause of the benthic impairment through a weight of evidence approach. Reductions and a TMDL for the cause of the impairment will be developed. A public comment period will follow the meetings from 2/26/2013 to 4/8/2013. Notice of this meeting appears in the February 25, 2013 Virginia Register. In the case of inclement weather, please contact Tara Sieber at (540) 574-7870.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Tara Sieber 
Address: DEQ - Valley Regional Office
PO Box 3000
Harrisonburg, 22801
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)574-7870    FAX: (540)574-7878    TDD: ()-