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2004 Rappahannock & York River Basin TMDL Studies

Announcement: The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission will be preparing a TMDL Implementation Plan in follow-up to the original York Basin TMDL Development Plan completed in 2004. Please follow this link for more information.

Project Description

The purpose of this approximately one-year study initiative, completed in 2004 via a comprehensive schedule of water quality monitoring, bacterial source tracking analysis and watershed modeling, was to develop a series of detailed Total Maximum Daily Load assessments, or TMDLs, as required for submittal to EPA.

Regulatory Background: Overview of 2006 Calendar TMDL Process
DEQ Powerpoint presentation, dated 7/08/04 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 207 KB)

Rappahannock and York River Basin TMDL Development
ECI Powerpoint presentation, dated 7/08/04 (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 941 KB)


For an overview map of the Rappahannock and York River Basin TMDLs click here: Rapp-York Overview Map (JPEG - 316 KB)

The York River Basin segments are located in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania Counties.

The stream segments in question were placed on the 303(d) TMDL priority list and identified by DEQ as impaired, owing to the presence of fecal coliform bacteria levels in excess of established water quality standards.

York Basin TMDLs At-a-Glance:

Water Body
Segment Length
Mountain Run
2.52 mi.
Beaver Creek
2.51 mi.
Pamunkey Creek
12.14 mi.
Terry's Run
5.45 mi.
Goldmine Creek
7.16 mi.
Plentiful Creek
3.15 mi.

DEQ Fact Sheets:

York Basin/Lake Anna Watershed TMDL Fact Sheet
(Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 60 KB)

Mountain Run (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 41 KB)
Beaver Creek (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 41 KB)
Pamunkey Creek (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 61 KB)
Terry's Run (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 76 KB)
Goldmine Creek (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 43 KB)
Plentiful Creek (Adobe Acrobat .pdf - 48 KB)

Project Coordination

Project team members and their respective roles included:

Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC)- project   management, public information/education activities, and technical/citizen   advisory committee coordination.

Engineering Concepts Inc. - watershed modeling and draft TMDL

Department of Environmental Quality - TMDL development

Department of Conservation and Recreation - TMDL implementation

Other organizations contributing time and expertise included:

Louisa County
Orange County
Spotsylvania County
Culpeper SWCD
Thomas Jefferson SWCD
Tri-County/City SWCD
VA Cooperative Extension
VA Department of Health
Dominion Virginia Power
Lake Anna Civic Association
Piedmont Environmental Council

For more information regarding the Commission's Rappahannock River Basin TMDL Studies, or any of the Commission's ongoing environmental projects please contact the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission at 540-829-7450.




Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission
420 Southridge Parkway • Suite 106 • Culpeper, VA  22701 • Tel: (540) 829-7450 • Fax: (540) 829-7452

E-mail:  planinfo@rrregion.org