Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
TMDL Public Meeting - Watershed Plan for Cunningham Creek and its Tributaries

Meeting Details
Date / Time 3/6/2018  5:30 pm
Location Fluvanna County Public Library, 214 Commons Blvd, Palmyra, VA 22963 
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
A public meeting will be held to present a draft watershed plan for Cunningham Creek and its tributaries. This plan is intended to address excess sediment and bacteria in these streams through the implementation of best management practices designed to reduce runoff of these pollutants in to the streams. The meeting will include a presentation by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality summarizing this plan, along with additional presentations on streambank stabilization practices by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and citizen monitoring and watershed restoration by the Rivanna Conservation Alliance. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: Cunningham Creek and its North and Middle Forks are located primarily in Fluvanna County, with the uppermost reaches of the North Fork extending in to Albemarle County. These streams do not host a healthy and diverse population of aquatic life, and are identified as impaired for the “General Benthic (aquatic life)” water quality standard on Virginia’s impaired waters list. A benthic stressor analysis conducted as part of this restoration effort indicated that sediment is the primary culprit responsible for this impairment. In addition, the Middle Fork of Cunningham Creek has a high concentration of E. coli bacteria, which prevents it from meeting the “primary contact” water quality standard. This watershed plan reports on the sources of bacteria and sediment in the watersheds and identifies strategies to reduce pollution coming from these sources, with the goal of restoring the aquatic community in these streams and assuring their suitability for primary contact recreation. The plan identifies an implementation timeline, costs and benefits, and education and outreach strategies. Planning efforts were led by a Technical Advisory Committee, and a detailed summary of the committee’s planning process is described in the plan. All are welcome to attend the meeting, and are encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback. Written comments will accepted through April 5, 2018 and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. For more information or to submit written comments, please contact the staff person listed. Notice of this meeting appears in the March 5, 2018 Virginia Register. In the case of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed until Monday, March 26, 2018 at 5:30pm.
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: DEQ Valley Regional Office
P.O. Box 3000
Harrisonburg, 22801
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)574-7850    FAX: (540)574-7878    TDD: ()-