The annual James River Batteau Festival launches every June in Lynchburg, Va. Shown above is the launch on June 15, 2013.
This post, updated as information becomes available and re-posted monthly, lists conferences, meetings, and other events related to Virginia’s water resources. Except for online meetings or seminars, the events here typically are at least several hours long (for example, this site does not list the frequent one-hour water-related seminars held at Virginia colleges or universities).
This list does not include Virginia government meetings related to water; the News Grouper blog has a post on those meetings each week, at http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Water-related+Government.
For water-related meetings outside of Virginia, please see the Grouper post, “Water Conference Sampler from around the United States, Canada, and Mexico,” re-posted quarterly.
Thanks to the Virginia Water Monitoring Council for providing some of the information in this post.
For links to events lists from several other organizations, please see the bottom of this post.
Aug. 22-24, 2014, Roanoke: 10th International Conference on Recirculating Aquaculture. More information: http://www.recircaqua.com/index.html; phone (540) 553-1455; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2014 (also ran Apr. 1-May 31): Stewardship Virginia. Statewide initiative held twice annually to help citizens with projects that enhance and conserve Virginia’s natural and cultural resources. The program seeks to promote waterway adoption, trail improvement, riparian buffers, invasive species control, habitat improvement, landscaping for conservation, environmental education activities, and other projects. More information: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/stewardship/index.shtml; Bonnie Phillips, (877) 429-2837 or email@example.com. See also: Governor McAuliffe Unveils Spring Stewardship Virginia Campaign, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 3/28/14.
Sep. 5.-7 at the Airfield Conference Center in Wakefield. Annual Landowner Weekend Retreats (fall session). Organized by the Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program (Virginia Cooperative Extension). A summer retreat was held Jun. 28-29 at Matthews State Forest in Galax. More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/retreats/index.html; Jennifer Gagnon at (540) 231-6391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 18, every year, everywhere: World Water Monitoring Day. This is the official “day” highlighting an initiative to promote water monitoring throughout the year (March 22 through December 31). More information on World Water Monitoring Day is available at http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/About.aspx.
Sep. 22-23, 2014, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond: A New Paradigm of Flows: Water and Design in the Greater Chesapeake Watershed Region. 2014 annual workshop of the National Academy of Environmental Design. More information: check the NAED “Workshops” Web page at http://www.naedonline.org/workshops.html, or e-mail NAED at email@example.com.
Sep. 26-28, 2014, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, W. Va.: Chesapeake Watershed Forum. Organized by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. More information: https://allianceforthebay.org/initiatives/connecting-people/chesapeake-watershed-forum/; (804) 775-0951 (Virginia office) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 4, Blacksburg, and Oct. 11, Roanoke: Virginia Science Festival. Events also taking place between Oct. 4 and 11 in Hampton Roads, the Shenandoah Valley, and Southside. Organized by the Science Museum of Western Virginia (in Roanoke) and Virginia Tech. More information: http://virginiasciencefestival.org/.
Oct. 13-19, 2014, on the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore, Md., and Portsmouth Virginia: 25th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. The actual 127-nautical-mile race will begin at near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland. More information: http://www.schoonerrace.org; phone (757) 393-2220; e-mail: email@example.com.
Oct. 16, 2014, 10:16 a.m., across the southeastern United States: Great SouthEast ShakeOut earthquake drill. Organized by the Central US Earthquake Consortium and several other partners. Participants may hold their drill anytime within two weeks of October 16. More information: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/; Mark Benthien
Global ShakeOut Coordinator, Southern California Earthquake Center, (213) 740-0323, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 16-18, 2014, Richmond: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Virginia Environmental Educators Joint Conference. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Science Inside & Out!” and the three conference strands are watershed science, partnerships and collaborations, and integrating Science with other disciplines. More information: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/virginia_naturally/celebrate-science.shtml; or contact the NSTA in Arlington, Va., at (703) 243-7100, or e-mail: email@example.com.
Oct. 17-19, 2014, Virginia Beach: Virginia Native Plant Society Annual Meeting. Hosted by the South Hampton Roads Chapter. More information: http://www.vnps.org; (540) 837-1600; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 20-24, 2014, Fairfax: International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security, and Biodiversity. Organized by George Mason University. More information: http://iscefs.org; John J. Qu, phone (703) 993-3958, e-mail: email@example.com.
Nov. 3-6, 2014, Tyson’s Corner: 2014 American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Annual Conference. More information: http://www.awra.org/meetings/Annual2014/; or send e-mail for Gerry Galloway or Betsy Cody to 2014AnnualSpecialSessions@awra.org.
Nov. 14-16, 2014, Wildlife Center of Virginia, Waynesboro: 19th Annual Call of the Wild Conference on wildlife rehabilitation. Organizzed by the Wildlife Center and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. More information: http://wildlifecenter.org/call-wild-conference; phone: (540) 942-9453; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 5-8, 2014, Wallops Island (Accomack County): Winter Birding Colloquium. Organized by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. More information: http://www.cbfieldstation.org/calendar.html; phone (757) 824-5636.
LINKS TO EVENTS LISTS FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Virginia Center for Onsite Wastewater Training at Southside Community College
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s “Virginia Outdoors”
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Virginia Forest Landowner Education Program
Virginia Household Water Quality Program List of Drinking Water Clinics and Master Well Owner Network Training
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Virginia Master Naturalists
Virginia Native Plant Society
Virginia Naturally Environmental Education Network
Virginia Sea Grant’s Links to Marine-education Opportunities for K-12 Teachers (click on “Professional Development”)
Virginia State Parks Events
Virginia Water Environment Association
American Water Resources Association-National Capital Region Section
U.S. EPA Watershed Academy Monthly Webcast Seminars