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EPA to Host Third Public Meeting on Floyds Fork Pollution Control Plan

Release Date: 02/17/2012
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Feb. 17, 2011) – On Tuesday, Feb.21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 will conduct a public meeting to obtain comments from stakeholders on the work completed thus far on the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Floyds Fork watershed in north-central Kentucky. This meeting is a follow-up to the well-attended TMDL development meetings held in Louisville in August and November.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. (EDT) in the Eastern High School auditorium. The school is located in the Middletown community of Louisville at 12400 Old Shelbyville Road.

At the Feb. 21 meeting, EPA Region 4 will present the completed land use and stormwater runoff model for the watershed and describe how the water quality model will be developed. The agency is seeking public feedback on the completed watershed model and the development of the water quality model.

Total Maximum Daily Load is a term used to describe the amount of pollution a stream can receive and still meet water quality standards. Water quality standards are regulations based on federal or state law that set numeric or narrative limits on pollutants. TMDLs are required for water bodies that are determined to be impaired. Floyds Fork fails to meet state standards for recreation and aquatic life.

EPA Region 4 awarded a contract to Tetra Tech consulting firm for the development of a water quality model for the entire Floyds Fork Watershed to the confluence with the Salt River to address nutrient pollution. Technical assistance is being provided by the Kentucky Division of Water.

Members of the public who wish to obtain additional information regarding this public meeting may e-mail floydsfork@epa.gov. Inquiries regarding EPA's approach to developing the Floyds Fork TMDL should be directed to Tim Wool, EPA Region 4, at wool.tim@epa.gov or 404-562-9260.

Additional information about this meeting can be found online at: http://www.epa.gov/region4/water/tmdl/