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Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Petition 16
Petition Information
Petition Title Water Quality Standards - Amherst Co. Tier III
Date Filed 12/2/2004   
Petitioner Amherst County Service Authority 
Petitioner's Request

Designate as an exceptional state surface water Cove Creek, Little Cove Creek and its tributaries, Rocky Branch, North Fork of the Buffalo River from its confluence with Rocky Branch downstream to the National Forest boundary, Roberts Creek, and Shady Mountain Creek all of which are within Amherst County.

Agency's Plan

The State Water Control Board has delegated to the Director to proceed to the Notice of Intended Regulatory Action if no adverse comments are received on the petition from the potentially impacted localities and riparian landowners. If adverse comments are received, the Board will decide whether or not to move forward with the rulemaking at their first quarterly meeting of 2005.

Comment Period Began 1/24/2005    Ended 2/14/2005
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change    
Response Date 2/22/2005
Agency Decision Summary

The State Water Control Board had previously determinted that the nominated waters met the eligibility requirements for designation as an exceptional state surface water. The comment period has been completed and no adverse comments were received, so the Department is authorized to initiate a regulatory action and has done so.

Associated regulatory action Amendment to Designate Certain Tributaries of the Pedlar and North Fork of the Buffalo Rivers and a Portion of the North Fork of the Buffalo Rivers as Exceptional State Waters (Effective Date: Septemer 11, 2007 - see October 1, 2007 Register)
Latest Stage: Final