Wildlife on Roadways Research, River Recreation Workshop Sept. 17-18, Bobwhite Quail Recovery Update, and More Available in August 27, 2014, Outdoor Report from Va. Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries

The August 27, 2014, “Outdoor Report” from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) in now available at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/outdoor-report/2014/08/27/.

Each edition of the Outdoor Report is full of information on fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, boating, and other outdoor activities.  The sections of the 8/27/14 report are listed below, with hyperlinks to go to the individual items.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending August 26, 2014

Below are images showing precipitation in the southeastern United States and stream flow in Virginia over the seven-day period ending August 26, 2014. The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing precipitation and stream-flow information and images.

Precipitation

The following maps—accessed 8/27/14 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southeast Regional Climate Center, located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; online at http://www.sercc.com/climateinfo/precip_maps — show southeastern U.S. precipitation amounts over the past seven days (top map), and the percent of normal precipitation for the given location at this time of year (bottom map).  As of 8/27/14, these data remained provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).

Precip Aug26

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For another precipitation-information source: The National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, http://water.weather.gov/precip/, provides maps showing precipitation nationwide or by state for specific days, months, or years. The site also has the capability to show county boundaries.

Stream Flow

Average Virginia stream flow over week ending August 26, 2014, is indicated in the map below, from the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch for Virginia (online at http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/classic.php?m=pa07d&r=va&w=mv01d%2Cmap, accessed 8/27/14). The map compares the previous week’s average stream flows at about 140 stream-gaging stations (in Virginia and just beyond the state border) to the normal flow levels for that week over the historical record for each gaging station. The color codes/percentile classes used by USGS to compared flows to historical records for the month are as follows:

KEEP ON DESK _ Stream Flow Chart

Streams Aug 26

 

Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – August 26, 2014 Edition

Boats and crews 2 Batteau Fest Jun15 2013

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.

September 2014
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 bonnie.phillips@dcr.virginia.gov.  See also: Governor McAuliffe Unveils Spring Stewardship Virginia Campaign, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 3/28/14.

Sep. 3, 2014, 2 p.m., Rappahannock Community College, Warwaw campus: Panel discussion on fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for natural gas.  Organized by the Northern Neck–Chesapeake Bay Region Partnership.  The discussion will focus on the region underlain by the Taylorsville basin, a geologic feature where overlying  land has been leased for possible gas drilling.  More information: Region Partnership at (804) 333-1900 or business@northernneck.us; Rappahannock Community College at (800) 836-9379.

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 jgagnon@vt.edu.

Sep. 17-18, 2014, South Hill (9/17) and Clarksville (9/18): River Recreation Workshop.  Organized by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and several other partners.  More information: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9g9a8sd80d1b223&llr=bmfhuxcab&showPage=true; or contact Jennifer Wampler of the DCR at (804) 786-9240 or jennifer.wampler@dcr.virginia.gov.

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 info@naedonline.org.

Sep. 25, 2014, Woodbridge: Stream Restoration Conference. Organized by Angler Environmental, headquartered in Warrenton, Va., and the Prince William County Department of Environmental Services.  More information: http://www.anglerenvironmental.com; phone (703) 393-4844; e-mail: Info.man@anglerenvironmental.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 contact@allianceforthebay.org.

October 2014
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: race@schoonerrace.org.

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 ibenthien@scec.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: conferences@nsta.org.

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; vnpsofc@shentel.net.

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: jqu@gmu.edu.

November 2014
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: wildlife@wildlifecenter.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 Green

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

On Virginia Water Radio for 8-25-14: River Stewardship, Cued by “River Song” by The Floorboards

This week, Virginia Water Radio features the southwestern Virginia band The Floorboards, with a song whose misbehaving narrator gives a cue for talking about how to help take care of Virginia’s rivers.  Click here to have a listen (3 min./03 sec.)

Roanoke River rope swing Rt 821 Peaceful Road Roanoke County Jul 13 2014

Roanoke River, Roanoke County, Va., July 2014.

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Aug. 25-Sep. 8, 2014

For more information, click on underlined meeting dates. Click here for the Commonwealth Calendar listing of all government meetings open to the public, and here for the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall listing of all government meetings of a regulatory nature.

For other, non-governmental, events, please see the Water Central News Grouper post, Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events.

REGULAR MEETINGS OF STATEWIDE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

8/26/14, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

9/5/14, 10 a.m.: Air Pollution Control Board. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

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MEETINGS OF LEGISLATIVE BODIES

For meetings of legislative committees and commissions during General Assembly sessions (regular and special), see http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?142+oth+MTG; use the drop-down menu on the left to pick the session of interest (current or past).

8/28/14, 10 a.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Education and Technology Advisory Committee. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

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MEETINGS ABOUT TOTAL MAXIMUM DAILY LOADS (or TMDLs) for IMPAIRED WATERS

For more information about TMDLs in Virginia, click here for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality TMDL Web site; click on “Public Notices” in the menu to the left to access upcoming meetings and public-comment periods. A search tool to find approved TMDL reports is available at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterQualityInformationTMDLs/TMDL/TMDLDevelopment/ApprovedTMDLReports.aspx.

8/26/14, 10 a.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County. At Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street in Springfield.

8/27/14, 1 p.m., Steering Committee meeting on the TMDL implementation plan for aquatic life (streambed sediment) and bacteria impairments in Crab Creek, in the New River watershed in Montgomery County. At Christiansburg Town Hall, 100 East Main Street in Christiansburg.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Agriculture
8/26/14, 9 a.m.: Virginia Agricultural Council.   At the George Washington Hotel, 103 East Piccadilly Street in Winchester. The Virginia Agricultural Council was established by the General Assembly in 1966 to assist in financing agricultural research, education, and services. More information about the Council is available online at http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/about/boards.shtml.

Biosolids (Treated Sewage Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
9/3/14, 5 p.m.: On the permit application by Bio-Nomic Services, Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., to modify a Virginia Pollution Abatement permit for applying biosolids to 3145 acres in Franklin County. At Town Hall, 117 Butler Street in Bowling Green.

Energy – Fossil Fuels
8/27/14, 9 a.m.: Gas and Oil Regulatory Advisory Panel. At the Russell County Office Building, 139 Highland Drive in Lebanon. This panel, which first met on June 4, 2014, is assisting the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) in its regulation of practices and ingredients used in gas and oil well stimulation and completion. This includes the practices of hydraulic fracturing, in which fluids are added to gas/oil formations to facilitate remove of the gas or oil, and of horizontal drilling.  The pertinent section of the Virginia Administrative Code is 4 VAC 25 -150.  More information about this proposed regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewAction.cfm?actionid=4117 and http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=6829 (see, particularly, the “Agency Statement” PDF at the latter link). The DMME’s main Web site for Virginia gas and oil regulations is http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMME/LawsRegs.shtml#gasoil.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
8/25/14, 9 a.m.: Eleven Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) assessment conferences on civil penalties for notices of violation or cessation orders. At the DMME office at 135 Highland Drive in Lebanon. Click on the numbers below to go to Regulatory Town Hall information for a particular conference:

1—On Notice of Violation JRJ0001491 for Virginia Fuel Corporation. The mine site is located 2.4 miles west of Keokee on Little Bundy Creek in Lee County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

2—On Cessation Order WAC0009500 for Baden Reclamation Company. The mine site is located 0.2 mile northeast of Baden on Georges Fork in Dickenson County, in the Pound River/Big Sandy River basin.

3—On Notice of Violation Notice of Violation LJJ0001002 for A & G Coal Corporation. The mine site is located 3 miles northeast of Appalachia on Mill Branch in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

4—On Notice of Violation Notice of Violation CEV0008858 for A & G Coal Corporation. The mine site is located 0.5 mile west of Roda on Black Mountain in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

5—On Notice of Violation RDS0010442 for A & G Coal Corporation. The mine site is located 1 mile northwest of Roda on Black Mountain in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

6—On Notice of Violation Notice of Violation CEV0009197 for A & G Coal Corporation. The mine site is located 0.5 mile west of Roda on Black Mountain in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

7—On Cessation Order CEV0009159 for A & G Coal Corporation. The mine site is located 0.5 mile west of Roda on Black Mountain in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

8—On Notice of Violation LJJ0001158 for Cane Patch Mining Company, Inc. The mine site is located 5.5 miles northeast of Appalachia on Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

9—On Notice of Violation TMM0008825 for Chestnut Land Holdings, LLC. The mine site is located 2 miles west of Routes 641 & 16 intersection in Tazewell County, in the Big Sandy River basin.

10—On Notice of Violation TMM0008822 for Justice Low-Seam Mining, Inc. The mine site is located 0.6 mile northwest of the intersection of Virginia Route 16 and West Virginia Route 161 near Bishop in Tazewell County, in the Tug Fork/Big Sandy River basin.

11—On Notice of Violation LJJ0001169 for MegLynn Land Company, Inc. The mine site is located 0.3 mile northeast of Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

State Parks
9/4/14, 6 p.m.: Department of Conservation and Recreation public meeting on the Kiptopeke State Park Master Plan. At Kiptopeke Elementary School, 24023 Fairview Road in Cape Charles (Northampton County). Information on Virginia’s state parks is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
8/25/14, 9:30 a.m.: Advisory Group on the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWP) Regulation and VWP General Permit Regulations. At the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 2nd Floor Training Room, 629 East Main Street in Richmond. The advisory groups is assisting the DEQ and State Water Control Board in development of possible amendments to these regulations, specifically the following Virginia Administrative Code sections and subjects 9 VAC 25-210: Virginia Water Protection Permit Regulation; 9 VAC 25-660: General Permit for Impacts Less Than One-Half Acre; 9 VAC 25-670: General Permit for Facilities and Activities of Utility and Public Service Companies Regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the State Corporation Commission and Other Utility Line Activities; 9 VAC 25-680: General Permit for Linear Transportation Projects; 9 VAC 25-690: General Permit for Impacts from Development Activities. The Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on June 2, 2014. More information about the proposed regulatory actions is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1893.

Waterworks Regulations
8/28/14, 9:30 a.m.: Department of Health Regulatory Advisory Panel meeting on development of possible amendments to the Waterworks Regulations (Section 12 VAC 5-590 in the Virginia Administrative Code). At English Inn, 2000 Morton Drive in Charlottesville.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending August 20, 2014

Below are images showing precipitation in the southeastern United States and stream flow in Virginia over the seven-day period ending August 20, 2014. The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing precipitation and stream-flow information and images.

Precipitation

The following maps—accessed 8/21/14 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southeast Regional Climate Center, located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; online at http://www.sercc.com/climateinfo/precip_maps — show southeastern U.S. precipitation amounts over the past seven days (top map), and the percent of normal precipitation for the given location at this time of year (bottom map).  As of 8/13/14, these data remained provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).

Precip Aug 20

 

Precip perc Aug20

 

For another precipitation-information source: The National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, http://water.weather.gov/precip/, provides maps showing precipitation nationwide or by state for specific days, months, or years. The site also has the capability to show county boundaries.

Stream Flow

Average Virginia stream flow over week ending August 20, 2014, is indicated in the map below, from the U.S. Geological Survey WaterWatch for Virginia (online at http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/classic.php?m=pa07d&r=va&w=mv01d%2Cmap, accessed 8/21/14). The map compares the previous week’s average stream flows at about 140 stream-gaging stations (in Virginia and just beyond the state border) to the normal flow levels for that week over the historical record for each gaging station. The color codes/percentile classes used by USGS to compared flows to historical records for the month are as follows:
KEEP ON DESK _ Stream Flow Chart

Streams Aug 20

 

On Virginia Water Radio for 8-18-14: Screech-owls

This week, Virginia Water Radio features a bird whose sound is mysterious to humans but whose silence is much more serious to small animals.  Click here to have a listen (2 min./47 sec.)

Virginia Water Radio, online at http://www.virginiawaterradio.org, is the Virginia Water Resources Research Center’s weekly podcast using sounds and music to focus on issues, events, people, and creatures connected to Virginia’s waters.