Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Technical Advisory Committee - Total Maximum Daily Load for Moores and Mill Creeks

Meeting Details
Date / Time 11/3/2021  2:00 pm
Type Physical Location Only 
Location Jordan’s Point Park Picnic Pavilion located at Stono Lane, Lexington VA 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 11/5/2021   (79k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
[NOTE: All attendees are expected to wear a mask and maintain adequate social distancing. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on November 4, 2021 at the same time and location stated above.] A Technical Advisory Committee meeting to review a draft benthic stressor analysis that has been completed for Moores and Mill Creeks. This is the first step in the benthic TMDL development process. The analysis identifies the most probable stressors responsible for the biological impairments in the creeks. Participants will review and discuss various lines of evidence used to identify benthic stressors and evaluate the likelihood that they are causing stress to the aquatic community. Following identification of the most probable stressors in the creeks, TMDLs will be developed to address these pollutants of concern. PURPOSE OF NOTICE: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites interested persons to participate in the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), for Moores and Mill Creeks in Rockbridge County, Virginia. These streams are listed on the 303(d) TMDL Priority List and Report as impaired due to violations of the State’s General (Benthic) Water Quality. Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act and §62.1-44.19:7.C of the State Water Control Law requires DEQ to develop TMDLs for pollutants responsible for each impaired water contained in Virginia’s 303(d) Priority List and Report. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: Moores Creek is located in northern Rockbridge County, with its headwaters just below the Augusta/Rockbridge County line. The impaired segment begins at the headwaters in Raphine and continues 9 miles south to the confluence with South River. Mill Creek is located in Rockbridge County above the City of Lexington. The impaired segment is 9.14 miles in length. It begins at the headwaters of the stream south of Fairfield and continues to the confluence with the Maury River above Lexington. Moores and Mill Creeks have been placed on Virginia’s impaired waters list for failing to support the benthic water quality standard. This standard is intended to protect the aquatic life designated use, which states that all of the Commonwealth’s waterways will support a diverse and abundant population of aquatic life. This study will include a benthic stressor analysis to determine the most likely pollutant(s) responsible for the impairments, and it will report on the sources of these pollutant(s) and recommend reductions to meet a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the impaired streams. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards. To restore water quality in Moores and Mill Creeks, pollutant levels will need to be reduced to the TMDL amount. A component of a TMDL is the Waste Load Allocation (WLA); therefore, this notice is provided pursuant to §2.2-4006.A.14 of the Administrative Process Act for any future adoption of the TMDL WLAs.
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 
Address: P.O. Box 3000
Harrisonburg, 22801
Email Address:
Telephone: (540)574-4378 ext: 7850    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-