Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
 Electronic Access 
Technical Advisory Committe Meeting - James River, Maury River and Jackson River PCB TMDL Project

Meeting Details
Date / Time 2/24/2021  3:00 pm
Type Electronic Only 
Electronic Access Latest updated meeting link and phone access is: Meeting link: Phone: (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 869-532-301 No registration is necessary for this meeting.
Link to Electronic Record 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 3/3/2021   (686k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors, Virginia Tech Biological Systems Engineering, are initiating the development of a water quality study to address Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) contamination in the James River, Maury River and Jackson River watersheds. This water quality study is known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or simply a watershed clean-up plan. Description of Study: DEQ monitoring data indicates levels of PCBs in fish tissue are elevated in portions of the James, Maury and Jackson Rivers and present a risk to individuals who consume the fish (for more information on PCBs watch this DEQ video). As a result, sections of these rivers are listed as impaired for PCBs on the 303(d) TMDL priority list. Additionally, Fishing Creek in Lynchburg and Reedy Creek in Richmond are also listed as impaired on the 303(d) TMDL priority list because DEQ monitoring data indicates levels of PCBs in the water above the state water quality criteria. 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. TMDLs are developed to identify the total amount of a pollutant (i.e., PCBs) that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards. To restore water quality, pollutant levels must be reduced to the TMDL. TMDLs will be developed for the entire Jackson River and Maury River watersheds and all of the James River watershed draining from the headwaters to Richmond. The affected counties include Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Chesterfield, Craig, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Giles, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Highland, Montgomery, Nelson, Powhatan, and Roanoke, and the affected cities include Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Covington, Lexington, Lynchburg, and Richmond. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will virtually host the first meeting of the TAC on Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Although this meeting is intended for TAC members, it is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. A TAC typically consists of representatives from local governments, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees, watershed residents, anglers, recreational and conservation groups, and other stakeholders interested in providing input on the technical aspects of the TMDL development process. No registration is necessary for this meeting. Instead, attendees can use the following link to access the meeting: Meeting attendees can use their computer audio and computer microphone to participate, or they can dial 786-535-321 and enter the access code 997-151-765. Although using a phone for audio only participation is an option, all participants are encouraged to access the meeting using a computer so that they can view the meeting presentation. This meeting will be recorded. If you have technical issues accessing this meeting or difficulty during the meeting please contact Lucy Smith at 540-562-6718. For more information on the meeting in general, please contact the staff person listed below. In the event that the Governor’s State of Emergency is lifted, the meeting will be held on the same date and time at: DEQ - Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: William Isenberg 
Address: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 1400
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
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