Rappahannock County Water Quality Advisory Committee
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Water Quality Advisory Committee
January 12, 2006
Members Present: Reid Folsom,
RLEP, Chair; Kenner Love, Virginia Cooperative Extension; Medge
Carter, Virginia Department of Health; Monira Rifaat, Rappahannock
County Farmland Protection Committee; Josh
Makela, Rappahannock County High School; Tom
Tepper, Rappahannock County Planning Commission; S.
Bryant Lee, Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors; John
W. McCarthy, County Administrator
Members Absent: Bev.
Hunter, RappFLOW; Greg
Wichelns, Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District
Also Present: Richard
Jacobs, Culpeper Soil & Water Conservation District
Folsom called the meeting to order at 5:03. By unanimous consent,
the agenda was approved. With no amendment, and after a brief discussion,
the minutes of the November 10, 2005 meeting were approved.
Mr. McCarthy reported that the Board of Supervisors of Rappahannock
County had voted to recommend denial of the Tier III designation of the
Hazel River to the State Water Control Board, while subsequently the
Culpeper County Board of Supervisors had voted to recommend approval. At
this point, the State Water Control Board may elect to propose for public
comment all, a portion or none of the River for Tier III designation. The
Chair asked for continued updates on the process at subsequent meetings.
The Chair noted that Ms. Hunter was unable to attend the meeting, due
to her absence at the birth of a grandchild; by consensus, the NFWF Grant
proposal of RappFLOW was deferred until the next meeting.
Similarly, the Upper Thornton Watershed questionnaire of RappFLOW was
discussed, but in the absence of Ms. Hunter, individual members of WQAC
were urged to e-mail Ms. Hunter with suggestions. The Chair noted
that he intended to do so. The group’s consensus was that
further simplifying the instrument might ensure a better response, as
would the provision of a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The Chair gave a report of a recent session on water resources sponsored
by the Department of Conservation and Recreation
Under other items, Mrs. Elizabeth Haskell was introduced by Monira Rifaat
and she proceeded to outline the current plans of the Town of Washington’s
proposed sewage treatment facility. The comment period on the draft
permit issued by the Department of Environmental Quality closes on January
23rd. Concern was expressed over that tight timetable and Dr.
Rifaat wondered what the proper posture of the WQAC should be.
It was generally agreed that the WQAC should act to advise the Board
of Supervisors, and that an extension of the time period should be sought. A
discussion followed concerning the trading of pollution credits, the
standards that the proposed facility would be required to meet, and the
need for careful monitoring in operations. After further discussion, Dr.
Rifaat moved to have the Chair direct a letter to DEQ requesting a sixty
(60) day extension to the comment period. Seconded by Mr. Tepper,
the motion passed unanimously.
being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:14 PM.
John W. McCarthy, Secretary
John W. McCarthy
(540) 675-5331 fax