Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
 Electronic Access 
Announcement of a Public Meeting and Notice of a Public Comment Period to Present the Stakeholder Developed Salt Management Strategy Toolkit, which Proactively Addresses Salt Pollution in the Northern Virginia Region

Meeting Details
Date / Time 1/21/2021  6:30 pm
Type Electronic Only 
Electronic Access To register for the meeting and receive access information, use the following link: Please register ahead of the meeting.
Link to Electronic Record
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
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors, the Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB), will present the stakeholder developed Salt Management Strategy (SaMS) Toolkit. This Toolkit was developed by a broad and diverse Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) to provide resources and recommendations necessary to strike a balance between the benefits and harmful impacts of winter salt use. The SaMS Toolkit was developed for the Northern Virginia region, which includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Alexandria, Manassas, Manassas Park, Falls Church, and Fairfax. This meeting and the associated public comment period are an opportunity for local residents and interested stakeholders to learn about this valuable resource, the SaMS initiative in general, and provide comment on the SaMS Toolkit. Description of Study In May 2018, EPA approved a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study for the Accotink Creek watershed that identified chloride (salt) from snow and ice management as a contributing cause of a water quality impairment. Additionally, review of water quality data throughout the Northern Virginia region suggest that the patterns observed in the Accotink Creek watershed are not isolated, but instead occur region-wide. In order to assist in the implementation of the Accotink Creek chloride TMDL and proactively address salt pollution throughout the Northern Virginia region, DEQ convened the SaMS SAC to develop a strategy capable of balancing the benefits of winter salt use with the negative impacts. Through this effort, the SaMS SAC developed the SaMS Toolkit, which is a comprehensive resource comprised of winter maintenance best practices, an education and outreach toolbox, tools and plans for tracking salt use, best practice implementation, and water quality improvement, in addition to other informational resources. This public meeting marks the end of the SaMS Toolkit development phase and the beginning of the long-term, adaptive implementation phase. Public Meeting: The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will virtually host a public meeting to present the SaMS Toolkit on Thursday January 21, 2021 (see above information for registration). Given the current State of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held entirely virtually. A computer or telephone are necessary to participate virtually. 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 registering for this meeting or difficulty during the meeting, please contact Cathy Nicely at 703-583-3906. For more information on the meeting in general, please contact Dave Evans at or 703-583-3835. 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 - Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court, Woodbridge, VA 22193 How to Comment and Participate The public meeting is open to the public and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend, during which oral comments will be received. Written comments will be accepted from January 22, 2021 through February 22, 2021. These comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. For more information or to submit comments, please contact the staff person listed below. Notice appears in the January 4, 2021 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: David Evans 
Address: DEQ – Northern Regional Office
13901 Crown Court
Woodbridge, 22193
Email Address:
Telephone: (703)583-3835    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-