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Harrisonburg, Waynesboro accepting public comment on Chesapeake Bay action plans

Crystal Graham
TMDL Action Plan Harrisonburg
Photo courtesy City of Harrisonburg Virginia

Public Works departments in Harrisonburg and Waynesboro are currently accepting comments related to their Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load action plans which serve as a roadmap for reducing pollutants in local waterways before they reach the coast.

The Chesapeake Bay TMDL covers two pollutants: nitrogen and phosphorous.

The public comment period provides an opportunity for community members to provide input on the additional best management practices proposed as well as a chance to express any concerns about the plan.

A summary of comments received will be included in the plan as well as any revisions made to the action plan as a result of public participation.


  • Review the action plan
  • The deadline for comments is Oct. 5.
  • Comments can be submitted in writing to Harrisonburg Environmental and Sustainability Manager Keith Thomas at [email protected] or by mail to 320 E. Mosby Road, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

The City of Harrisonburg is developing its third phase of the action plan which quantifies the maximum amount of pollutants a waterway can carry and the amount of each pollutant that must be reduced to stay within the limit.

The second phase of the action plan was completed in 2023 when the city reduced three pollutants by 35 percent.

The third phase outlines how the city will meet the required 60 percent additional reductions that are needed for full compliance by 2028.


The City of Waynesboro is entering into a new MS4 Permit Cycle on Nov. 1. The draft of the action plan covers 2023 to 2028.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.