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

Release Date: 11/10/2011
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – Nov. 10, 2011) – On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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. This meeting is a follow-up to the well-attended initial TMDL development meeting held in August.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 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 Nov. 15 meeting, the Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) will provide a basic introduction to watersheds, TMDLs and a future opportunity for stakeholder engagement. DOW will also describe the methodology used to develop proposed water quality targets for nutrients in Floyds Fork. EPA Region 4 will then present its current model of land use and stormwater runoff within the watershed. The agency is seeking public feedback on the model itself as well as the data sources used.

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) 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 currently fails to meet state standards for recreation and aquatic life.

EPA Region 4 recently 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 KDOW.

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/aboutepa/region4.html