Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Buffalo River Watersheds Cleanup Plan - Agricultural and Residential Working Groups Meeting

Meeting Details
Date / Time 2/20/2020  6:00 pm
Location Amherst County Administration Building,
Admin Conference Room,
153 Washington Street,
Amherst, VA
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document agency has not posted
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host working group meetings for the Buffalo River Watersheds Cleanup Plan. The watersheds being discussed are located in Amherst County and Nelson County. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announces the second round of working group meetings to discuss the draft BMP Quantification Memo and estimated cost associated with implementing the recommended best management practices. A DEQ contractor will give a presentation explaining how the BMP numbers were derived with the ultimate goal of meeting the TMDL requirements to improve water quality. Public input is vital to developing a quality plan. It is especially important to know which BMPs are utilized most often in the watershed. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks public input 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: CONTACT: For additional information, please contact the staff person listed below.
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  / TMDL Nonpoint Source Coordinator
Address: Blue Ridge Regional Office
901 Russell Drive,
Salem, 24153
Email Address:;
Telephone: (540)562-6738    FAX: (540)562-6725    TDD: ()-