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Sampling of the Middle and South River May Be Key to Accurate Nutrient Pollution Data

[caption id="attachment_1140" align="alignleft" width="300"] Middle RIver, Augusta County[/caption] Augusta County is voluntarily considering a sampling program to determine the amount of pollutants that are leaving the county via its two primary waterways – the Middle and South rivers.  Now that the EPA has provided the “green light” of acceptance, it’s back in the county’s court to decide whether to proceed with the sampling. The decision to move forward has been hinging on whether or not grants could be obtained to meet operational costs as well as uncertainty about whether the EPA would accept the data. EPA has now deemed that the proposed monitoring "is consistent with other monitoring being done as part of the Chesapeake Bay River monitoring program." Supervisors will revisit the sampling idea when they meet in late July. For more details, click to read the news article:

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EPA to Virginia – “Refine Your Detailed Bay TMDL Plan…Or Else”

[caption id="attachment_696" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Shores of the James River"][/caption] It looks like the EPA will not be relinquishing their oversight of Virginia’s management of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL anytime soon. As noted in this (Staunton, Virginia) article, the EPA returned Virginia’s plan for the clean-up of the Bay with harsh criticism, a deadline of March 30th for resubmittal, and threats of federal action if  "EPA requests are ignored or deadlines missed." We’ll keep you posted on how the Commonwealth is dealing with the latest requirements of the EPA. Are we on the right path to success?

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How Will Virginia Stormwater TMDL’s Affect Virginia Colleges and Universities?

The Virginia TMDL implementation process is moving ahead. Planning District Commissions have forwarded requests to municipalities for data to be submitted by February, 2012, but state Colleges and Universities may not be fully included in this process. Often municipalities may submitt land cover data and BMP data on behalf of the institution without consultation or submit data without including the land area of these campuses. Either approach can leave the institution unrepresented in the process and may result in increased TMDL reduction allocations. The following is a summary of recent conversation with DCR on this topic: If a College or University has an MS4 permit, the institution will report compliance with TMDL directly to DCR. DCR is committed in concept to TMDL reductions as outlined in the Phase 1 Watershed Implementation Plan ( WIP 1) DCR should have actual reduction targets by early 2012., but will be close to WIP 1 targets as follows: 9% reduction – nitrogen 16% reduction –...

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