Chesapeake Bay TMDL Focus of Letter and Public Meeting on Dec. 14

Dec. 10, 2009
OPA 232/09

News Highlights  

  • Letter from Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova provides comments on EPA initiative for Chesapeake Bay restoration.
  • EPA public meeting is Monday, Dec. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Falls Church High School, Little Theater, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

A letter from Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova provides comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Development for the Chesapeake Bay. The EPA is holding a public meeting to discuss the TMDL on Monday, Dec. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Falls Church High School, Little Theater, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.  

“Fairfax County is the most populous local jurisdiction in the Chesapeake Bay watershed,” said Bulova in the letter to the Water Protection Division, EPA Region III. “The county has a long history of progressive environmental management, and we are following with great interest recent developments at the federal level to increase the pace of efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.”

“Improvements can and should be made in how urban and suburban stormwater is managed,” Bulova said. “But they must be made in a sustainable manner by working collectively towards a common goal.” She added, “Goals should be realistic and attainable, focusing on parameters reasonably within the control of local governments and organizations to influence.” 

The EPA’s multi-state initiative would set restrictions on nutrient and sediment pollution throughout a 64,000-square-mile watershed. The TMDL is a regulatory tool of the federal Clean Water Act that will be backed by a series of accountability measures to ensure cleanup commitments are met. The Chesapeake Bay TMDL will be the largest and most complex ever developed, involving six states and the District of Columbia.  

The full text of the letter is online.


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