Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Public Meeting - Four Coalfield Streams in Southwest Virginia

Meeting Details
Date / Time 4/25/2013  6:00 pm
Location Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Southwest Regional Office
355 Deadmore Street
Abingdon, Virginia 
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
Announcement of an effort to restore water quality in Bull Creek, Buchanan County; Levisa Fork Buchanan County; North and South Fork Pound River, Wise County; and Powell River, Lee and Wise Counties, Virignia. PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment and announce a public meeting on phased revisions for water quality improvement studies by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) for the four coalfield streams. MEETING DESCRIPTION: Final public meeting on the phased revisions to the TMDLs. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: DEQ and DMME have been working to identify sources pollutants affecting the aquatic organisms in the waters of Bull Creek, Levisa Fork, North and South Pound River and the Powell River. During the development of the studies the pollutants impairing the aquatic community were identified and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) were developed 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, contamination levels must be reduced to the TMDL amount. HOW A DECISION IS MADE: The phased revision 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 revised TMDL report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval. Comment will be received by DEQ during the comment period, April 25, 2013 to May 25, 2013. Notice of this meeting appears in the April 22, 2013 Virginia Register. TO REVIEW THE DRAFT MONITORING PLAN: The draft monitoring plan, the phased TMDL reports and the presentation from the public meeting are available from the contact below or on the DEQ website 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  / Regional TMDL Coordinator
Address: DEQ Southwest Regional Office
355-A Deadmore Street, P. O. Box 1688
Abingdon, 24210-1688
Email Address:
Telephone: (276)676-4800    FAX: (276)676-4899    TDD: ()-