Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Public Meeting - Buffalo, Cedar & Colliers Creek Watersheds (Rockbridge County)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 5/8/2014  7:00 pm
Location Effinger Fire Hall
2824 Collierstown Rd
Lexington, VA 
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 Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks written and oral comments from interested persons on the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plan for the Buffalo (North and South Forks), Cedar and Colliers Creek watersheds in Rockbridge County. These creeks were first listed as impaired on the Virginia’s 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report due to violations of the State’s water quality standard for bacteria in 2002 (Cedar Creek), 2004 (Buffalo Creek, mainstem), 2006 (Colliers Creek), 2010 (South Fork Buffalo Creek) and 2012 (North Fork Buffalo Creek). The creeks have remained on the 303(d) list for these impairments since then. In addition, Colliers Creek was listed as impaired due to water quality violations of the general aquatic life (benthic) standard in 2010. The impaired segments of the North and South Forks of the Buffalo and Colliers Creek extend from their headwaters down to their confluence with the mainstem of Buffalo Creek, 7.28, 13.24, and 13.77 miles, respectively. The impaired segment of Buffalo Creek extends 15.51 miles downstream to its confluence with the Maury River. The impaired segment of Cedar Creek extends 11.49 miles from the headwaters to its confluence with the James River. 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. In addition, Section 62.1-44.19:7.C of the Code of Virginia requires the development of an implementation plan (IP) for approved TMDLs. The IP should provide measurable goals and the date of expected achievement of water quality objectives. The IP should also include the corrective actions needed and their associated costs, benefits, and environmental impacts. Bacteria TMDLs were completed by DEQ for all of the creeks, and a benthic TMDL addressing sediment was completed for Colliers Creek. The TMDLs were submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency for approval on January 2, 2014. The TMDL report is available on the DEQ website at: The public comment period for the first public meeting will end on June 9, 2014. Written comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments and should be sent to contact person listed. Notice of this meeting appears in the April 21, 2014 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: Nesha McRae 
Address: Department of Environmental Quality
PO Box 3000
Harrisonburg, 22801
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)574-7850    FAX: (540)574-7878    TDD: ()-