PAINTER—The first of four public meetings for development of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Painter.

This meeting will focus on storm water pollution reduction recommendations for the bayside only in Accomack and Northampton counties to meet water quality goals set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

As part of these regional meetings, local stakeholders will help identify gaps in capacity and funding, as well as necessary revisions to state code, regulations or guidance, and policy or programmatic recommendations to address these gaps. Local input in the development of the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan can drive state policy and may influence future funding availability.

These meetings are open to the public. The first will take place Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Virginia Tech Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 33446 Research Drive, in Painter.

Please contact Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission at 757-787-2936 with any questions.