Comment re TMDLs Big Sandy River, Lower Ohio and Twelvepole Creek

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management seeks public feedback on restoration plans for the Big Sandy River, lower Ohio River and Twelvepole Creek watersheds.

DEP staff will host a virtual meeting to present an overview of the TMDL development process and answer questions at 6 p.m. on December 15.

This meeting is open to the public and can be accessed at https://bit.ly/3q5K8xp with meeting ID 857 7584 3610, passcode 806865, and dial by phone 1-301-715-8592.

TMDL: A Total Maximum Daily Load is a plan of action used to clean up streams that are not meeting water quality standards as required by the federal Clean Water Act.. The plan includes pollution source identification and strategy development for contaminant source reduction or elimination. The DEP will make revisions and submit final draft TMDLs to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

The DEP will make revisions and submit final draft TMDLs to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval.

Big Sandy, Lower Ohio and Twelvepole TMDL Documents

For detailed information and resources for the TMDL, visit www.dep.wv.gov/wvtmdl and select the watersheds in the Hydrologic Group E list at the bottom of the page. An interactive overview of the project is available at https://arcg.is/1TWiij.

Certain streams in these watersheds do not meet water quality standards for fecal coliform bacteria, total iron, selenium, pH, dissolved aluminum, beryllium, and/or dissolved oxygen.

The comment period runs through January 12, 202.

Comments must be submitted no later than Jan. 12 to Mindy Neil at Mindy.S.Neil@wv.gov via email or by mail:

Mindy Neil,
ATTN: Big Sandy, Lower Ohio, Twelvepole
Draft TMDL comments
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection 
601 57th St. S.E., Charleston, WV 25304.