In January and February 2017, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) scheduled public outreach meetings on Phase III of the Commonwealth’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution-prevention plan, which was published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2010. According to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall, the meetings provide information on the status of on-going efforts to clean up the Bay, improvements in Bay water quality, expectations and roles for the Phase III WIP, and timelines.
January meetings were the following (dates are linked to Virginia Regulatory Town Hall notices):
1/30/17, 10 a.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, specifically for localities that administer municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).
1/30/17, 1 p.m., 10 a.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, specifically for localities that do not administer MS4s.
February meetings are the following:
2/16/17, 10 a.m., at the DEQ Valley Regional Office, 4411 Early Road in Harrisonburg, specifically for staff of local governments and of soil and water conservation districts.
2/21/17, 1 p.m., at the DEQ Northern Regional Office, 13901 Crown Court in Woodbridge, specifically for elected officials.
More information from the DEQ on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL is available online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/ChesapeakeBay/ChesapeakeBayTMDL.aspx.
More information from the EPA on the Bay TMDL is available online at https://www.epa.gov/chesapeake-bay-tmdl.