Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Public Meeting - Red Bank Creek & Machipongo River (Northampton & Accomack Counties)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 8/15/2013  6:30 pm
Location Northampton Free Library
7745 Seaside Rd
Nassawadox, VA 23413 
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 will host a public meeting on water quality studies for Red Bank Creek and a portion of Machipongo River; located in Northampton and Accomack Counties. Red Bank Creek (Enterococci, E.coli, Fecal coliform, Dissolved Oxygen), and Machipongo River (Enterococci), were identified in Virginia’s 2010 Water Quality Assessment & Integrated Report as impaired due to violations of the State’s water quality standards for recreation bacteria, dissolved oxygen, and shellfish consumption bacteria and do not support the Designated Uses. The Red Bank Creek watershed includes both riverine and tidal portions of the Creek. The Machipongo River watershed only includes the area of the stream covered from the end of tidal waters downstream to 0.5 mile south of Rt 182. 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. During the study, DEQ developed a Total Maximum Daily Load 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, pollutant levels have to be reduced to the TMDL amount. The Virginia Departments of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Department of 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 August 9, 2013 through September 9, 2013. Notice of this meeting appears in the July 29, 2013 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: ()-