Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Public Meeting - Water Quality Study for Tributaries of Rappahannock River

Meeting Details
Date / Time 6/20/2018  5:30 pm
Location Westmoreland Fire Department, 52 Rectory Rd, Montross, VA 22520 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 6/29/2018   (382k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors, Virginia Tech Biological Systems Engineering, will announce the development of a water quality study known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for tributaries along the Rappahannock River located in Essex, Westmoreland, Richmond, Caroline, and King George Counties. This is an opportunity for local residents to learn about the condition of these waters, share information about the area, and become involved in the process of local water quality improvement. A public comment period will follow the meeting (6/21/2018 – 7/20/2018). DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: Portions of the Rappahannock River and its tributaries were identified in Virginia’s 2016 Water Quality Assessment & Integrated Report as impaired due to violations of the State’s water quality standards for Enterococci and E. coli and do not support the Designated Uses of “Primary Contact (recreational or swimming)”. The specific impairments are attached. Reductions and TMDLs for the causes of the impairments have been developed and are available for community review in the TMDL report located online at the following link: a_DRAFT_FINALIZED.pdf HOW TO COMMENT AND PARTICIPATE: The meetings of the TMDL process are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. Written comments will be accepted through July 20, 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. This meeting will be open to the public and all are welcome to participate. In the case of inclement weather or other reason for postponement, an alternate meeting date is scheduled for Monday, June 25th at 5:30 PM at the same location. For more information, please contact Ms. Reh-Gingerich. Affected waterways: 1. Baylors Creek (E22R-05-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_BAY01A08, 5.89 miles, Baylors Creek from its headwaters to the extent of backwater of Baylors Pond: 2. Elmwood Creek and Tributary XHY (E22R-04-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_ELM01A06, 9.07 miles, the nontidal portion of Elmwood Creek and its tributary XHY in its entirety; 3. Stillwater Creek (E22R-08-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_STL01A14, 3.52 miles, Stillwater Creek from its headwaters at Cockerel Creek downstream to its tidal limit; 4. Peedee Creek (E22R-06-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_PEE01A08, 3.29 miles, the mainstem of Peedee Creek from its headwater to the extent of tide; 5. XHW – UT to Peedee Creek (E22R-09-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22R_XHW01A14, 0.47 miles, headwaters to mouth; 6. Peedee Creek, tidal portion (E22E-03-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22E_PEE01A14, 0.15 sq. miles, tidal Peedee Creek; 7. Jetts Creek (E21R-10-BAC), Assessment Unit VAN-E21R_JET01A10, 1.85 miles, segment begins at the confluence of Boom Swamp with Jetts Creek, and continues downstream to the end of the free flowing waters; 8. Portobago Creek (E21R-11-BAC), Assessment Unit VAN-E21R_PBC01A10, 7.00 miles, segment begins at the confluence of two intermittent tributaries around rivermile 6.66 and extends downstream to the end of the free-flowing waters; 9. Mill Creek (E21R-07-BAC), Assessment Unit VAN-E21R_MIC01A08, 4.58 miles, begins at the confluence with Peumansend Creek, at rivermile 6.06, and continues downstream until the tidal waters of Mill Creek; 10. Rappahannock River (E22E-05-BAC), Assessment Unit VAP-E22E_RPP02A02, 3.35 sq. miles, the Rappahannock River from the tidal freshwater/oligohaline boundary downstream to river mile 51.04. Notice of this meeting appears in the June 11, 2018 Virginia Register.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Anna Reh-Gingerich  
Address: DEQ-Piedmont Regional Office
4949 Cox Rd.
Glen Allen, 23060
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Telephone: (804)527-5021    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-