March 7 2018 WQC Agenda

                                                                                      Revised 3/05/2018


March 7, 2018
Archdale Building-Ground Floor Hearing Room
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

General Statute § 138A-15 mandates that the Chair inquire as to whether any member knows of any known conflict of interest or appearance of conflict with respect to matters before the Environmental Management Commission’s Water Quality Committee. If any member knows of a conflict of interest or appearance of conflict, please so state at this time.

                                                                         Dr. Albert Rubin, Chair, Presiding

I. Preliminary Matters

1. Approval of January 10, 2018 Water Quality Committee Meeting Summary

II. Agenda Items

1. Request Approval of 2018 303(d) Listing and Delisting Methodology – (Action Item) (Pamela Behm and Cam McNutt, Division of Water Resources)
Division of Water Resources staff will review EPA’s decision on the 2016 303(d) list as well as propose clarifications to the 2018 303(d) Assessment Methodology for EMC approval to resolve concerns with removing waters from the 303(d) list where there is low confidence that waters are meeting criteria.  (Attachments enclosed: 2018 Listing Methodology and PowerPoint Presentation)(Added 3/5/2018 - Draft Estimated Impact Analysis)

2. Update on Nutrient Strategy Rules - (Information Item)(Dr. Albert Rubin, WQC Chair)

3. Riparian Buffer Protection Programs – Major Variances – (Information Item) (Karen Higgins, Division of Water Resources)
Division of Water Resources staff will provide a brief overview of the major variance process for the riparian buffer protection programs.  (Attachment enclosed: PowerPoint Presentation)

4. 2017 Annual Report on Water Supply Watershed Ordinance Approvals, Universal Stormwater Management Program Ordinance Approvals, and Phase II Program – (Information Item) (Julie Ventaloro, Division of Energy, Mining and Land Resources)

No presentation is planned, but staff will be present to answer questions.

III. Closing Comments – WQC Chair, Dr. Albert Rubin