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DEQ Announces Public Meeting on Water Quality Study Update on Local Streams

WHO:  The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Technical Advisory Committee (composed of local stakeholders, and Virginia Tech’s Biological Systems Engineering Department will host a public meeting on a water quality study for Moores Creek, Lodge Creek, Meadow Creek and Schenks Branch. 

WHEN and WHERE: The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. on March 15, 2012 at the City Space on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. 

WHAT: Virginia agencies have worked with Virginia Tech and local stakeholders to identify sources of sediment in local watersheds in Charlottesville City and Albemarle County.  Moores Creek, Lodge Creek, Meadow Creek and Schenks Branch in Charlottesville and Albemarle County do not meet water quality standards for aquatic life.  This pollution impacts the diversity and abundance of organisms living on or near the bottom of the stream.

WHY:   The purpose of the meeting is to present and discuss the study with community members and gather information for the next stage of the process.  During the study, DEQ and local stakeholders have developed a total maximum daily load, or a TMDL, for these streams. A TMDL sets a “pollution budget” for the stream which is the total amount of a pollutant streams can contain and still meet water quality standards. To restore water quality, pollutant levels have to be reduced to the TMDL amount.

WHAT’S NEXT:  The next step in the process will be the development of a “Clean-up Plan”  - actions, practices and strategies to reduce pollution to local streams in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.  Come, listen, and be involved!

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For more information: Please contact Tara Sieber, study coordinator in the DEQ Valley Regional Office in Harrisonburg, by phone at (540)574-7870, or by e-mail at Additional information is also available on the DEQ web site at

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