Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
Public Meeting - Water Quality - Cripple Creek (Smyth & Wythe Counties) and Elk Creek (Grayson County) - CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Meeting Details
Date / Time 1/28/2014  6:30 pm
Location Summerfield UMC Community Clubhouse
4680 Carsonville Road
Fries, VA 24330
(near the community of Elk Creek) 
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 hold a public meeting to present the draft water quality improvement plan for reducing agricultural and residential sources of bacteria in Cripple Creek (Smyth & Wythe Counties) and Elk Creek (Grayson County). Cripple Creek originates near Rural Retreat in Smyth County and flows east into the New River near Ivanhoe. Elk Creek is located in the northern half of Grayson County and flows into the New River a few miles west of Galax. Elk Creek and segments of Cripple Creek do not meet state water quality standards for E. coli (i.e. fecal bacteria). Elevated levels of E. coli indicate an increased risk of illness for people who come in contact with water in the affected streams. Bacteria sources identified in the area include failing septic systems, discharges of untreated human waste (i.e. straight pipes), and livestock waste. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will present an overview of the types and amount of corrective actions that are needed to meet water quality goals and the framework through which stakeholders can implement the corrective actions. The public meeting provides an opportunity for citizens and interested parties to ask questions, provide comments on the plan, and will begin a 30 day period during which written public comments will be accepted. Comments must be submitted by February 28, 2014. Directions to the Summerfield UMC Community Clubhouse: From Wytheville in the north: from the junction of U.S. HWY 11 and U.S. HWY 21 in Wytheville, follow U.S. 21 south approximately 20.2 miles to the community of Elk Creek at the junction of Hwy 21 and Comers Rock Rd (Rd 658). Continue on HWY 21, for approximately 0.4 miles (just past the Elk Creek Rescue Squad Station on the right) and turn left on Carsonville Rd (Rd 660). Continue on Carsonville Road for 5 miles. The building is located at the intersection of Carsonville Road and Churchview Lane (Rd 717), on the left side of the road (Carsonville Rd makes a sharp left turn at the intersection while Churchview lane goes straight). From Independence in the south: Head north on HWY 21 for approximately 9.1 miles to the intersection of HWY 21 and Carsonville Rd (on the right side of HWY 21). The Carsonville Rd intersection is on the right (just before the Elk Creek Rescue Squad building on the left side of HWY 21). Follow the directions listed above to get from the Carsonville Rd turnoff to the Summerfield UMC Community Clubhouse.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Patrick Lizon  / TMDL/Watershed Field Coordinator
Address: DEQ - Southwest Regional Office
355 Deadmore Street
Abingdon, 24210
Email Address:
Telephone: (276)676-4803    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-