Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
TMDL Agricultural & Residential Work Group Meeting - Development of TMDL Implementation Plan - Clinch River and Cove Creek watershed

Meeting Details
Date / Time 3/24/2016  6:00 pm
Location Senior and Community Building
163 Spartan Band Avenue
Nickelsville, VA
(near the Dollar General Store) 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document agency has not posted
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? No
Purpose of the meeting
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host an agricultural and residential work group meeting to aid the development of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plan for the Clinch River and Cove Creek watershed. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks written and oral comments from interested persons on the development of this TMDL Implementation Plan for the Clinch River and Cove Creek watersheds. There are eleven (11) different impaired stream segments in this study area and include the following streams: Clinch River, Cove Creek, Stock Creek, Moll Creek, Valley Creek, Blackwater Creek, Copper Creek and North Fork Clinch River. All segments are listed as impaired on Virginia’s 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report due to violations of the State’s water quality standard for bacteria. Question and comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments and should be sent to the DEQ contact listed. Ten of the segments were first listed as impaired in 2008 and have remained on the 303(d) list for bacteria impairments, one segment was listed in 2010. The Clinch River segment extends 9.69 miles from the Copper Creek confluence near Speers Ferry downstream to the Tennessee state line near Shelby. Cove Creek extends 6.94 miles from its confluence with Millstone Branch to the confluence with the Clinch River north of Starnes Slant. Stock Creek extends from stream mile 4.56 downstream to the Clinch River confluence at Clinchport. Moll Creek extends 4.20 miles from Copper Creek upstream, to a second tributary including Porter Hollow. Valley Creek extends 1.01 miles from near Farley Chapel to the confluence with Copper Creek. Blackwater Creek extends 2.11 miles from the East Fork Blackwater Creek confluence downstream to the Tennessee state line. Copper Creek extends 14 miles from the Grassy Creek confluence upstream through Dickensonville to stream mile 56.8. The North Fork Clinch River extends 11.01 miles from the Fraley Branch confluence downstream to the Cox Branch confluence. An additional segment of the North Fork Clinch River was listed in 2010 and extends 5.59 miles from the Cox Branch confluence near Fairview downstream to the Tennessee state line near Dona. 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 expeditious implementation of total maximum daily loads when appropriate. The IP will provide measurable goals and the date of expected achievement of water quality objectives. The IP will also include corrective actions needed and their associated costs, benefits, and environmental impacts. DEQ completed bacteria TMDLs for the Clinch River and Cove Creek watershed in 2014. The TMDLs were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in April of 2014 and by the State Water Control Board in June 2014. The TMDL report is available 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 
Address: DEQ Southwest Regional Office
355-A Deadmore Street
Abingdon, 24210-1688
Email Address:
Telephone: (276)676-4800    FAX: (276)676-4899    TDD: ()-