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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

TRIENNIAL REVIEW OF WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Water Quality Office will hold a Public Meeting on

THURSDAY MAY 12, 2022
1 PM – 3 PM

Cherokee County Tribal Community Club Building
302 Airport Rd., Marble, NC 28905

The purpose of this meeting is an opportunity for the public to receive information and provide comments on the Triennial Review of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Water Quality Standards, which have been revised to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s suggested modifications to the Water Quality Criteria for Specific Uses, Source Water Protection, and Cherokee County Stream Classification Use.

These revisions are in compliance with the Clean Water Act Sections 303 and 518 (33 U.S.C. 1251, 1341) and Tribal Law.

Stakeholders and participants will also be asked for input by commenting here.

A copy is available here for preview.

A hard copy of the revised Water Quality Standards will be available for viewing at EBCI Water Quality Laboratory, 2000 Old #4 Road, Cherokee, NC 28719 during business hours.

Questions about the revised Water Quality Standards should be directed to the Water Quality Section Supervisor, Michael Bolt by phone at (828) 359-6772 or email michbolt@ebci-nsn.gov.

Closure of the Meeting Record

The meeting record will close as of midnight, Thursday May 12th, 2022. Written comments need not be notarized but must be postmarked before midnight and mailed to:

Michael Bolt
Water Quality Section Supervisor
EBCI 106 Water Quality Office
PO Box 1925
Cherokee, NC 28719

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EBCI WATER QUALITY STANDARDS – Final Document

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Water Quality Office would like to thank the public for their input in finalizing the EBCI Water Quality Standards.  A copy is available to view and download HERE.

Questions about EBCI Water Quality Standards should be directed to the Water Quality Section Supervisor, Michael Bolt by phone at (828) 359-6772 or email michbolt@nc-cherokee.com.

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