Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting - Total Maximum Daily Load for Barbours Creek, Craig Creek, Catawba Creek, Little Patterson Creek, Sinking Creek, Lapsely Run and a section on the James River (Craig and Botetourt Counties)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 12/12/2017  1:30 pm
Location Eagle Rock Library – 55 Eagles Nest Drive, Eagle Rock, VA 24085 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 12/21/2017   (64k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors will discuss the process and data used to develop a water quality study, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Barbours Creek, Craig Creek, Catawba Creek, Little Patterson Creek, Sinking Creek, Lapsely Run and a section on the James River in Craig and Botetourt Counties. These streams are listed on the 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report as impaired due to violations of Virginia’s water quality standards for Recreational Use and General Standard (Benthics). Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and §62.1-44.19:7.C of the Code of Virginia requires DEQ to develop TMDLs for pollutants responsible for each impaired water contained in Virginia’s 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report. During the Technical Advisory Committee meeting, DEQ and its contractors will present the process for identifying the pollutant most likely causing an impaired macroinvertebrate community on Catawba Creek and solicit input on the load estimations of bacteria sources in the watershed. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: In Botetourt and Craig Counties, portions of the James River, Catawba Creek, Craigs Creek, Barbours Creek, Sinking Creek, Lapsley Run and Little Patterson Creek are impaired for the “recreational use” water quality standard, meaning there is too much E. Coli bacteria present in these waterbodies. A section of Catawba Creek does not have a healthy and diverse community of macroinvertebrates and subsequently does not meet the “aquatic life” water quality standard. Excessive bacteria levels may pose a threat to human health; therefore, a bacteria standard was established to preserve recreational uses in Virginia’s waterbodies. This water quality study will report on the sources of bacteria and recommend reductions to meet Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) 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, bacteria levels need to be reduced to the TMDL amount. The Technical Advisory Committee consists of representatives from local governments, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees, watershed residents, and recreational and conservation groups in the watershed. Technical Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are welcome to observe and ask questions during the designated time at the meeting. In the case of inclement weather, the meetings will be rescheduled for December 14, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 at Eagle Rock Library.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Lucy Baker 
Address: DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office
3019 Peters Creek
Roanoke, 24019
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)562-6718    FAX: (540)562-6725    TDD: ()-