Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
 Electronic Access 
Technical Advisory Meeting - PCB Water Quality Study (TMDL) for Lewis Creek

Meeting Details
Date / Time 6/29/2021  2:00 pm
Type Electronic Only 
Electronic Access To register for this virtual meeting, sign up here: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For technial assistance, please contact Nesha McRae at or 540-574-7850
Link to Electronic Record
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 7/1/2021   (100k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractor, Virginia Tech Department of Biological System Engineering, will present Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) allocation/reduction scenarios in support of PCB Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development for Lewis Creek at a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee. The purpose of this meeting is to inform and engage local stakeholders in the TMDL development process. MEETING DESCRIPTION: A second technical advisory committee meeting will be held to discuss PCB reduction scenarios for the Lewis Creek watershed. This meeting serves as an opportunity for local stakeholders to review PCB sources in the watershed and provide input on the establishment of reduction goals for each source. Meeting participants will also discuss potential targeting strategies and opportunities for additional source assessments in support of future remediation actions. 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 meeting will be open to the public and all are welcome. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: A portion of Lewis Creek is listed as impaired for PCBs based on a Virginia Department of Health (VDH) fish consumption advisory and violations of Virginia’s Water Quality Standards. The PCB impairment begins approximately 0.65 miles upstream of the Route 262 bridge crossing and extends 12.53 miles downstream to Lewis Creek’s confluence with Middle River. The TMDL will be completed for the entire Lewis Creek watershed in order to address all sources contributing to the impaired segment. This water quality study will report on the sources of PCBs in the watershed and recommend reductions to meet the TMDL. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards. To restore water quality, PCB levels need to be reduced to the TMDL amount. Through this process, Virginia agencies will partner with a Technical Advisory Committee made up of local stakeholders to identify sources of PCBs in Lewis Creek, and the reductions needed from these sources to meet the TMDL. All meetings in support of TMDL development are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. Given the existing 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 meeting attendees are encouraged to access the meeting using a computer to view the meeting visuals. Attendees may also use a phone for audio and a computer for visual to avoid possible interruptions in computer audio. Although the use of a phone for audio only participation is possible, since the meeting will rely on visuals, audio only participation is discouraged. The URL to register for the virtual meeting is provided at the end of this notice. Once registered for the meeting, registrants will receive an email with the URL and telephone information to participate in the meeting. If meeting attendees experience any interruption in the meeting broadcast, they should call the technical support line that is also provided at the end of this notice. In the event that the Governor’s State of Emergency is lifted, the meeting will be held on the same date and time at the Montgomery Hall Park Rotary Pavilion, 1000 Montgomery Ave, Staunton VA. Please contact the staff person listed below if you have any questions.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Nesha McRae  / TMDL Coordinator
Address: DEQ - Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road
PO Box 3000
Harrisonburg, 22801
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)574-7850    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-