Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Environmental Quality
Notice of Public Meeting and Public Comment – Cleanup Study- Hat and Black Creeks in Nelson County

Meeting Details
Date / Time 1/25/2023  5:30 pm
Type Physical Location Only 
Location Nelson County Public Library - 8521 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 22949
In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on January 30, 2023 at the same time and location. 
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
PURPOSE OF NOTICE: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks public comment on the development of a cleanup study, also known as a Total Maximum Daily Load report (TMDL), for Hat and Black Creeks in Nelson County. These streams are listed as impaired waters and require a cleanup study since monitoring data indicates that the waters do not meet Virginia’s water quality standards for Aquatic Life (Benthic impairment). 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 cleanup studies to address pollutants responsible for causing waters to be on Virginia’s 303(d) list of impaired waters. A component of a cleanup study 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 WLA into the Water Quality Management Planning Regulation (9VAC25-720) after completion of the study. DEQ will introduce the community to the process used in Virginia to improve stream water quality, provide pollutant source and monitoring information for the Hat and Black Creek watershed, discuss the next steps in the study process, and invite the public to participate in the study through an Advisory Committee. CLEANUP STUDY LOCATION: The cleanup study addresses the following impaired stream segments: The Hat Creek stream segment, located in Nelson County, is 9.5 miles long and begins at the headwaters of Hat Creek and continues to its confluence with the Tye River. The Black Creek stream segment, located in Nelson County, is 2 miles in length and begins at the headwaters of Black Creek and continues to the confluence with the Tye River. ADVISORY COMMITTEE: An Advisory Committee to assist in development of this cleanup study will be established. Persons interested in participating should notify the DEQ contact person by the end of the comment period and provide their name, address, phone number, email address and the organization they represent (if any). Notification of the composition of the Advisory Committee will be sent to all applicants. PUBLIC MEETING: The first public meeting on the development of the cleanup study will be held at the Nelson County Public Library (8521 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 22949) on January 25, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be held on January 30, 2023 at the same time and location stated above. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: January 25, 2023 to February 24, 2023 HOW TO COMMENT: DEQ accepts comments orally at the public meeting, by e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments must be received by DEQ during the comment period. Submittals must include the name, organization they represent (if any), mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/requester. CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Nesha McRae; Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road, Harrisonburg, Virginia 24401; Phone: 540-217-7173; E-mail:; Fax: 804-698-4178
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: 4411 Early Road
Harrisonburg, 24401
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)217-7173    FAX: (804)698-4178    TDD: ()-