MDEQ Numeric Nutrient Criteria Stakeholder Outreach

As part of MDEQ’s commitment to transparency in the process of developing numeric nutrient criteria to protect our state’s water resources from the adverse effects of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, MDEQ is holding regular Stakeholder Update Sessions to communicate the progress towards developing these criteria.

This page contains links to the presentations provided at these update meetings. The technical documents produced by MDEQ in support of numeric nutrient criteria development of the different waterbody types can be found on the Nutrient Criteria web page by clicking here. Information on the Technical Advisory group can be found by clicking here.

Stakeholder Update #1 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, July 30, 2012

This meeting reviewed the basic elements of water quality standards, the history of numeric nutrient criteria development in Mississippi, the general approach, and a timeline for completion. At this meeting, more specific details on the analytical approaches taken and preliminary ranges of numeric values were also presented. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update#1 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #2 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, November 28, 2012

This meeting briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses and numeric ranges. This presentation finished with a discussion of ongoing implementation issues related to numeric nutrient criteria being pursued by MDEQ. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #2 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #3 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, February 8, 2013

This meeting again briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses and numeric ranges. This presentation finished with a discussion of ongoing implementation issues related to numeric nutrient criteria being pursued by MDEQ. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #3 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #4 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, March 20, 2013 Hattiesburg, MS

This meeting again briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses, recent TAG discussion, numeric ranges, and criteria options. This presentation finished with a discussion of ongoing implementation issues related to numeric nutrient criteria being pursued by MDEQ. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #4 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #5 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, May 10, 2013 Verona, MS

This meeting again briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses, recent TAG discussion, numeric ranges, and criteria options. This presentation finished with a discussion of ongoing implementation issues related to numeric nutrient criteria being pursued by MDEQ. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #5 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #6 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, October 3, 2013 Jackson, MS

This meeting again briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses, numeric ranges, criteria options, and a discussion of ongoing implementation workgroup activity. This presentation finished with a discussion of national nutrient criteria legal and policy activities relevant to numeric nutrient criteria work being pursued by MDEQ. Click
here to access the Stakeholder Update #6 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #7 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, March 19, 2014 Jackson, MS

This meeting again briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses, numeric ranges, criteria options, and a discussion of ongoing implementation workgroup activity. It also included a discussion of decision agreement analysis and how it could apply to nutrient criteria development. The final topic of the presentation covered an update on important nutrient criteria issues on the national level that relate to the work pursued by MDEQ. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #7 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #8 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, November 20, 2014 Jackson, MS

This meeting again briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses, numeric ranges, criteria options, and a discussion of ongoing implementation workgroup activity, and a brief outline of the EPA Region 4 Nutrient Roadshow that took place in August. The next half of the presentation went over a new vision from the EPA for MDEQ’s 303(d)/TMDL program called MDEQ’s Priority Framework which will help prioritize watersheds throughout the state. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #8 presentation

Stakeholder Update #9 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, July 10, 2015 Jackson, MS

This meeting again briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update on the analyses, numeric ranges, criteria options, and a discussion of ongoing implementation workgroup activity. It also included a summary of other activities ongoing in the Water Quality Standards program, including developing a natural conditions framework, revising designated uses, and the upcoming Triennial Review that will take place in 2015. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #9 presentation.

Stakeholder Update #10 – Developing Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Mississippi, November 18, 2015 Jackson, MS

This meeting briefly reviewed the basis for criteria, numeric nutrient criteria history of development, timeline for completion, and composition and role of the technical advisory group (TAG). The presentation then provided an update regarding the latest draft nutrient criteria for Mississippi’s Lakes and Reservoirs (Non-Delta). A summary of the other ongoing nutrient criteria efforts were included such as: analyses, numeric ranges, and criteria options for streams; the latest draft technical support document for coastal waters; the criteria development for Delta waters; on-going implementation planning efforts were also provided. Click here to access the Stakeholder Update #10 presentation.