Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Public Meeting - Crooked Run and Its Tributaries

Meeting Details
Date / Time 9/23/2014  6:30 pm
Location North Warren Fire Hall
266 Rockland Court
Front Royal, VA 22630 
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 Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), its contractors, Virginia Tech’s Biological Systems Engineering Department, and the Technical Advisory Committee comprised of local landowners and interested parties, will present the results of a water quality study known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDLs) for Crooked Run and its tributaries, including Stephens Run and West Run, Happy Creek, Manassas Run, Willow Brook, Borden Marsh Run and Long Branch. This is an opportunity for local residents to learn more about the water quality study and find out how they can help. A public meeting will be held to introduce to the local community the water quality improvement process in Virginia, known as the TMDL Process, review the work of the Technical Advisory Committee, solicit the input of the community, 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. Several streams in the Shenandoah 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 (E. Coli)contamination in the tributaries to the Shenandoah River which will include the following waterways: Crooked Run (Frederick/Warren Counties - 8.87 miles); Stephens Run (Frederick -0.95 mi); West Run (Frederick/Warren - 6.12 mi); Happy Creek (Warren - 8.42 mi); Manassas Run (Warren - 9.15 mi); Willow Brook (Warren - 3.95 mi); Borden Marsh Run (Clarke/Warren - 9.46 mi); and, Long Branch (Clarke - 3.63 mi). In addition, Happy 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) reviewed all data collected and determined the cause of the benthic impairment to be excess sediment. Reductions and a TMDL for sediment were developed as part of this water quality study. The public comment period for these public meetings will begin on 9/23/14 and will end on 10/24/14. Notice of this meeting and comment period appears in the September 22, 2014 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: ()-