Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Agricultural and Residential Working Group Meetings - Birch Creek and Dan River Watersheds Cleanup Plan

Meeting Details
Date / Time 3/13/2018  6:00 pm
Location Danville Regional Airport, East Conference Room, 424 Airport Drive, Danville, VA 24540 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 3/27/2018   (63k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces the second round of agricultural and residential working group meetings to discuss potential water quality improvement projects and funding sources to be included in the Birch Creek and Dan River Watersheds Cleanup Plan. The working groups will focus on identifying appropriate water quality improvement projects from residential and agricultural perspectives. The watersheds being discusses are located in located in Halifax County, Pittsylvania County, parts of Henry and Patrick Counties as well as the City of Danville and Town of South Boston. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is working to develop a cleanup plan with strategies for reducing levels of bacteria and sediment entering streams. The cleanup plan is designed to meet the bacteria reduction goals established by the following Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies: The Birch Creek TMDL study was approved by EPA in 2004 and by the State Water Control Board in 2005, and can be found in the Bacteria TMDL for Birch Creek Watershed, Virginia report (available at The Dan River TMDL was approved by EPA in 2008 and approved by the State Water Control Board in 2009, and can be found in the Bacteria TMDL Development for the Dan River, Blackberry Creek, Byrds Branch, Double Creek, Fall Creek, Leatherwood Creek, Marrowbone Creek, North Fork Mayo River, South Fork Mayo River, Smith River, Sandy Creek, and Sandy River Watersheds report (available at The Henry County and Patrick County portions of the Dan River TMDL Watershed were included in the South Mayo River, North Mayo River, Blackberry Creek, Marrowbone Creek, Leatherwood Creek and Smith River Watershed Implementation Plan (2013) (available at The following are the names of the bacteria “impaired” stream and the length of the impaired segments: Cascade Creek, 11.79 miles; Tanyard Creek, 2.85 miles; Sugartree Creek, 6.96; Stewart Creek, 7.34 miles; Pumpkin Creek, 4.28 miles; Cane Creek, 12.25 miles; Lawless Creek, 4.71 miles; Big Toby Creek, 7.56 miles; Powells Creek, 4.63 miles; Sandy Creek, 9.41 miles; UT-Birch Creek, 5.35 miles; Germy Creek, 5.36 miles; Lawsons Creek, 8.26, 7.27 miles; Miry Creek, 1.11 miles; Stokes Creek, 6.35 miles; Sandy River, 7.22 miles; Sandy Creek, 9.48 miles; Dan River, 35.06 miles; Fall Creek, 11.97 miles; Double Creek, 8.88 miles; Byrds Branch, 3.76 miles. For additional information, please contact the staff person listed below. In the event of inclement weather, the agricultural and residential working group meeting will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the same time and location.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: James Moneymaker 
Address: DEQ Blueridge Regional Office
3019 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, 24019
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)562-6738    FAX: (804)562-6725    TDD: ()-