Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Community Meeting - Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan for Woods Creek

Meeting Details
Date / Time 5/8/2019  6:00 pm
Location Rockbridge Regional Library,
Piovano Room,
138 South Main Street,
Lexington, VA 24450 
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
MEETING DESCRIPTION: DEQ and its contractor, Virginia Tech’s Biological Systems Engineering Department, will present a draft water quality improvement plan, known as a TMDL Implementation Plan, for Woods Creek and its tributaries. This is an opportunity for local residents to learn about the condition of the creek and provide input on the draft plan. A public comment period will follow the meeting (May 9, 2019 through June 10, 2019). In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at the same time and location on May 14, 2019 and the public comment period will be extended accordingly. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards. 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. Woods Creek was listed on the 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report as impaired due to violations of Virginia’s water quality standards for bacteria for Recreational Use. DEQ completed the bacteria TMDL study for Woods Creek in 2017. The Woods Creek TMDL was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in February 2018. Section 62.1-44.19:7.C of the Code of Virginia requires expeditious implementation of TMDLs when appropriate. To restore water quality, bacteria levels need to be reduced to the amount established in the TMDL. The TMDL Implementation Plan should provide measurable goals and the date of expected achievement of water quality objectives. The TMDL Implementation Plan should also include the corrective actions needed and their associated costs, benefits, and environmental impacts. Over the last eight months, DEQ has collaborated with local stakeholders to develop a draft TMDL Implementation Plan that meets these criteria. HOW TO COMMENT AND PARTICIPATE: All meetings in support of TMDL Implementation Plan development are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. Written comments will be accepted during the public comment period 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 and associated comment period is published in the April 29, 2019 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: Sara Bottenfield 
Address: DEQ Valley Regional Office
P.O. Box 3000
Harrisonburg, 22801
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)574-7872    FAX: (540)574-7878    TDD: ()-