Meeting on water quality set

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A public meeting to discuss a water quality improvement plan for Chuckatuck and Brewers Creeks will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the C.E.&H. Ruritan Hall, 8881 Eclipse Drive.

Chuckatuck Creek and Brewers Creek have been identified as impaired. Shellfish harvest from these waters is restricted, as shellfish may be unsafe for consumption. Bacteria sources identified that may contribute to this impairment include failing septic systems, discharges of untreated human waste, pets and agricultural practices in the area.

The meeting will review the final implementation plan for the impaired waters. The plan has included an outline of corrective actions that could be used to reduce the sources of bacteria, their associated costs and benefits, along with measurable goals and timeline. Management options include replacing failing septic systems, removing discharge of untreated human waste to streams, reducing pollutant loads from agricultural, urban, and residential areas, and a pet waste disposal and education program.

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The public comment period on materials presented at this meeting will last from Sept. 25 to Oct. 26. For additional information or to submit comments, contact Jennifer Howell at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Tidewater Regional Office, 5636 Southern Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23463, by phone at 518-2111, or by email at jennifer.howell@deq.virginia.gov.

The Implementation Plan can be found here.