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Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation

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  1. Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Photo courtesy of Essex Co. website Rappahannock River Basin Commission Tappahannock, VA May Louise Sligh VA Dept. of Conservation and RecreationJune 18, 2008

  2. The TMDL Process: 3 Steps • TMDL study • TMDL implementation plan • Implement plan

  3. What is a TMDL Implementation Plan? • TMDL study tells us what we need to do, TMDL implementation plan tells us how • Outlines actions that can be taken to meet TMDL allocations • Serves as a guide for implementation efforts

  4. Why Implementation Plans? • Implementation Plan development is required by state legislation • Supported by federal, state and local organizations • Procedures outlined in DCR & DEQ Implementation Plan Guidance Document • www.deq.virginia.gov/tmdl/implement

  5. Implementation Plan Development • Implementation Plan will be done locally • Stakeholders will have the opportunity to participate in the plan development • Public meetings • Working groups • Steering committee

  6. Integration with other Watershed Plans • Need to account for and acknowledge other planning activities within the watershed • Coordinate with other water quality plans: • Watershed plans/roundtables • Local Comprehensive Plans • Water Supply Plans

  7. What goes into an implementation plan? • Existing plans or improvement projects • Actions to improve water quality • Project timeline • Implementation goals • Implementation milestones • Roles and responsibilities • Funding opportunities

  8. Best Management Practices to Address Bacteria • Riparian buffers • Exclusion of livestock from streams • Rotational grazing • Waste storage facilities Agricultural Photo: Jeff Vanuga, NRCS (2002) Riparian buffer adjacent to pasture

  9. Best Management Practices to Address Bacteria Residential • Septic tank pumpout • Septic system repair/replacement • Alternative on-site septic systems • Pet waste programs • No-discharge zones Photo:Julie Jenkins, Shenandoah Valley SWCD

  10. Best Management Practices to Address Sediment • Cover crops • Streambank stabilization • Grass filter strips • Riparian buffers Photo by Jeff Vanuga, NRCS (2002) Agricultural No-till planting of corn into a cover crop of barley

  11. Best Management Practices to Address Sediment • Rain gardens • Bioretention filters • Erosion and sediment control • Riparian buffers/no-mow zones • Rain barrels Residential and Urban Rain garden at private residence in Lexington VA

  12. Potential Funding Sources Potential funding sources for best management practices identified in Implementation Plan: • USDA Programs - CREP/EQIP • EPA Section 319 Funds • Water Quality Improvement Fund • State Revolving Loan Funds • State Cost-Share Program • State Tax Credits • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

  13. The TMDL Process: 3 Steps • TMDL study • TMDL implementation plan • Implement plan

  14. What can you do in the meantime? • Show interest to agencies (comments to both DCR/DEQ) • Continue BMP implementation • Initiate outreach activities • Continue stream monitoring • Identify funding opportunities Photo: Mike Phillips, Shenandoah Valley SWCD

  15. The $ Challenge • Using funds for Implementation Plan development out of the General Assembly 2006-2008 TMDL appropriation, but can only use for funds for Agricultural BMP’s implementation • We need a dedicated source of state funds for implementation planning

  16. The Commonwealth of Virginia has established criteria to rank TMDLs for implementation plan development based on: • Location and Resource Priorities • Reasonableness of Obtaining Load Allocations • Implementation Support – strong local interest In future, see less for bacteria and more for sediment TMDL’s

  17. Roanoke (4) Shenandoah (4) James (3) New (3) 3 under development now: Bluestone River, Mossy Creek and tribs, Upper Hazel River DEQ has prepared ~14 plans DCR and DEQ have done 2 together Tennessee – Big Sandy (2) Potomac (1) Rappahannock (1) Chesapeake Bay Coastal (1) Currently,DCR has completed 19 IP’s, including 47 impaired stream segments

  18. DEQ’s 2008 Assessment Database GIS Application • Contains 305(b) water quality data assessment information • View impaired streams, estuaries, reservoirs • Zoom into an area to retrieve data • Contains historical data on dischargers, monitoring stations • www.deq.virginia.gov/wqa/adbims2008

  19. One last point to remember TMDL’s and IP’s are a mechanism for restoring water quality and are an opportunity for diverse groups of people to come together to improve watershed health

  20. Contact Information May Louise Sligh, VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation Email: may.sligh@dcr.virginia.gov Phone: 804-443-1494 Photo courtesy of DCR-CBLA website