In order to restore Virginia waterways to health, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) issues pollution diets setting limits on the amount of bacteria that can enter County waterways with documented high bacteria pollution. These limits are known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
As a community with a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit, James City County must take action to reduce the bacteria in stormwater runoff to the levels dictated by the TMDL. Reducing storm runoff pollution is a long-term effort and the County has a long history of working to accomplish the needed reductions.
In order to utilize County resources effectively and provide information to the VADEQ, the County developed a Bacteria TMDL Action Plan for Powhatan, Mill and Skiffes Creeks in 2017 which describes how the County will meet the pollution diets for these streams. A draft update to the Action Plan has been developed and is available online: https://jamescitycountyva.gov/3048/Bacteria-Total-Maximum-Daily-Loads
Comments will be accepted through May 1, 2020. Written comments may be submitted via mail at 101-E Mounts Bay Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information please call Toni Small, Director of the Stormwater and Resource Protection Division, at 253-6780.
Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer