|Date / Time
|10/27/2020 6:00 pm
|To register and gain access to the meeting, use the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4344247816492556299. The webinar ID is: 496-521-571. Please register ahead of the meeting.
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|Disability Friendly? Yes Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
|Purpose of the meeting The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will virtually host the first public meeting for the Lynch Creek and Reed Creek Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project. Please register ahead of the meeting. Given the current State of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held entirely virtually. A computer or a telephone are necessary to participate virtually. All participants are encouraged to access the meeting using a computer to view presentations or visual displays, although audio only participation using a phone is also an option. This meeting will be open to the public and all are welcome. A 30-day public comment period will follow this meeting, from October 27, 2020, through November 30, 2020. The goal of this meeting is to introduce the local community to the water quality improvement process in Virginia, known as the TMDL Process, provide information on biological monitoring efforts, and invite participation and solicit input. During this meeting participants will be invited to serve on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which consists of representatives from local governments, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees, riparian landowners, and recreational and conservation groups in the watershed. We will hold the first TAC meeting on Monday, November 2nd, 2020 from 1:00- 3:00 pm. To register and gain access to the meeting, use the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8010754057264988171. The webinar ID is: 610-365-115. Both meetings will be recorded. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors, 3E and JMU will discuss the process and data used to develop a water quality study, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Lynch Creek and Reed Creek in Pittsylvania and Campbell Counties. These streams are listed on the 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report as impaired due to violations of Virginia’s water quality standards for the General Standard (Benthics). Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and §62.1-44.19:7.C of the Code of Virginia requires DEQ to develop TMDLs for pollutants responsible for each impaired water contained in Virginia’s 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report. This meeting is an opportunity for local residents to learn about the condition of these streams, share information about the area, and become involved in the process of local water quality improvement. A public comment period will follow the meetings (10/27/2020 - 11/30/2020). DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: In Pittsylvania and Campbell Counties, the entirety of Lynch Creek and Reed Creek are impaired for the “General Use” water quality standard, meaning the macroinvertebrates or ‘water bugs’ are not healthy and diverse and subsequently do not meet the “aquatic life” water quality standard . DEQ and its contractors are working to identify the pollutant cause for the benthic impairment through a weight of evidence approach. After the pollutant has been identified, a water quality study will report on the sources of the pollutant and recommend reductions to meet Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the impaired waters. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards. To restore water quality, the pollutant levels need to be reduced to the TMDL amount. The impaired streams are: .37 miles of Lynch Creek in Campbell County, NWBD RU48, Impaired Assessment Unit VAW-L19R_LYH01A02, Cause Group Code L19R-02-BEN, Listed in 2010; 3.53 miles of Lynch Creek in Campbell County, NWBD RU48, Impaired Assessment Unit VAW-L19R_LYH02A02, Cause Group Code L19R-02-BEN 2010, listed in 2010; and, 8.90 miles of Reed Creek in Pittsylvania County, NWBD RU48, Impaired Assessment Unit VAW-L19R_RAB01A00, Cause Group Code L19R-03-BEN, listed in 2010. HOW TO COMMENT AND PARTICIPATE: The meetings of the TMDL process are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. A Technical Advisory Committee or TAC will be formed to assist in the development of this TMDL. The first meeting of this group will be on November 2nd, 2020 from 1:00- 3:00 at the link listed above. Written comments will be accepted through November 30, 2020 and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. For more information or to submit comments, please contact the DEQ staff person listed below. If you have technical issues registering for either meeting or difficultly signing on to the meeting please contact Kevin Vaughan at 804-698-4470 or email@example.com. In the event the Governor’s State of Emergency is lifted, the meeting will be held on the same date and time at the DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office, Training Room, 901 Russell Drive, Salem, VA 24153.
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|Name / Title:
|Lucy Baker / TMDL Coordinator
DEQ Blue Ridge Regional Office
901 Russell Drive
|(540)562-6718 FAX: ()- TDD: ()-