Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
 Electronic Access 
TMDL Public Meeting - Water Quality Study (TMDL Study) for Lynch and Reed Creeks (Pittsylvania and Campbell Counties)

Meeting Details
Date / Time 6/29/2021  6:00 pm
Type Electronic Only 
Electronic Access Please register for this meeting at: 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. If you have technical issues registering for either meeting or difficultly during the meeting, please contact Rob Breeding at 804-698-4013 or
Board Website 
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Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
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. The draft TMDL report will be presented at this meeting to provide 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 meeting (6/29/2021 - 7/28/2021). Description: 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 have worked to identify the pollutant cause for the benthic impairment through a weight of evidence approach. After the pollutant was identified, a water quality report was developed to describe the sources of the pollutant and recommend reductions to meet water quality goals or 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. This meeting will be open to the public and all are welcome. A 30-day public comment period will follow this meeting, from June 29th, 2021, through July 28, 2021. The goal of this meeting is to present a draft water quality improvement report for Lynch and Reed Creek, which describes the water quality improvement process in Virginia, known as the TMDL Process, provides information on biological monitoring efforts, and outlines reductions in sediment that are necessary to improve the aquatic life. Throughout the TMDL development process, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed, which consisted of representatives from state and local governments, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees, landowners, and recreational and conservation groups in the watershed. 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. However, the virtual meeting option will still be available. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lucy Smith as the information listed below. How to submit comment: The meetings of the TMDL process are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. Written comments will be accepted through July 28, 2021 and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. For more information or to submit comments, please contact Ms. Smith. Additional information: The draft TMDL report will be available prior to the meeting date at this link: Notice of this meeting appears in the June 21, 2021 issue of the 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: Lucy Smith 
Address: DEQ - Blue Ridge Office
901 Russell Drive
Salem, 24153
Email Address:
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