Public comment encouraged on Lynchburg’s Chesapeake Bay action plan

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: The public is encouraged to comment on the City of Lynchburg’s draft Chesapeake Bay Action Plan. Localities across the Chesapeake Bay have been developing Action Plans to document their ongoing efforts to reduce pollution that enters into the Bay. All of the City of Lynchburg streams drain to the James River that is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. In 2013, the requirement for localities to develop action plans to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from entering local waterways within the Chesapeake Bay watershed became a requirement of the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. These strategies, or action plans, are intended to describe strategies and/or projects that will be undertaken to meet the five percent (5%) reduction goal of the current permit. The City has developed its Chesapeake Bay Action Plan that includes a mix of new water quality improvement projects in addition to previously implemented stormwater best management practices to meet the current permit’s reduction requirement.

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The Department of Water Resources invites public comment on the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Action Plan. The draft document is available on the department’s website and on the City’s Lynchburg is Listening website at www.lynchburgislistening.com. Paper copies of the plan are available at the Department of Water Resources, 52 5 Taylor Street and the Lynchburg Public Library, 2315 Memorial Avenue.

Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., July 31, 2015. Comments may entered on the Lynchburg is Listening website or emailed to Erin Hawkins, Water Quality Manager, at erin.hawkins@lynchburgva.gov. Comments may also be mailed to Erin Hawkins at 525 Taylor Street, Lynchburg, VA, 24501.

For more information, please contact Erin Hawkins at (434) 455-3869.

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