Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Public Meeting - TMDL Implementation Plan - Buffalo River, Long Branch, Rutledge Creek, Mill Creek and Turner Creek watersheds (Amherst County)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 10/8/2019  6:00 pm
Location Amherst County Administration Building,
Admin Conference Room,
153 Washington Street,
Amherst, VA 24521 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 10/15/2019   (86k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
DEQ will host the first public meeting to discuss the development of the Implementation Plan (IP) for the bacteria and sediment TMDLs. At this meeting, development of the implementation plan to restore water quality in the Buffalo River watershed will be discussed, and citizens will learn how they can be part of the water quality improvement process. In the event of severe weather, the public meeting will occur on October 10, 2019 at the same time and location. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks oral and written comments from interested persons on the development of a TMDL Implementation Plan (IP) for bacteria and sediment Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for Buffalo River, Long Branch, Rutledge Creek, Mill Creek and Turner Creek watersheds in Amherst County. These streams were listed as impaired on the Virginia’s 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report due to violations of the State’s water quality standard for bacteria. The following are the names of the bacteria “impaired” stream, the length of the impaired segment and the reason for the impairment : Buffalo River, 23.48 miles, bacteria; Buffalo River, 2.09 miles, sediment; Long Branch, 3.59 miles, sediment; Mill Creek, 4.15 miles, bacteria; Rutledge Creek, 7.48 miles, bacteria; Turner Creek, 4.49 miles, bacteria. The TMDL studies for these stream impairments were completed in June 2013 and July 2013, and can be found, respectively, in the Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load Development for Hat Creek, Piney River, Rucker Run, Mill Creek, Rutledge Creek, Turner Creek, Buffalo River and Tye River in Nelson County and Amherst County, Virginia report (available at, the Sediment TMDL Development Report for Benthic Impairments in Long Branch and Buffalo River Amherst County, Virginia report (available at Section 62.1-44.19:7.C of the Code of Virginia requires the development of an IP for approved TMDLs. The IP should provide measurable goals and the date of expected achievement of water quality objectives. The IP should also include the corrective actions needed and their associated costs, benefits, and environmental impacts. DEQ accepts written comments by e-mail, fax or postal mail. The 30-day public comment period on the information presented at the meeting will begin on October 8, 2019 and end on November 8, 2019. Questions or information requests should be addressed to contact person listed. Written comments and inquiries should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments and should be sent to contact person listed below. Notice of this meeting and comment period appears in the September 16, 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: James Moneymaker 
Address: DEQ - Blue Ridge Regional Office
901 Russell Drive
Salem, 24153
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)562-6738    FAX: (540)562-6725    TDD: ()-