On Virginia Water Radio for 9-1-14: Water and Virginia are Both Significant Parts of the National Park Service System

This week, Virginia Water Radio begins a three-episode look at water in the Virginia locations that are part of the National Park Service system.  Click here to have a listen (4 min./00 sec.)

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Thornton River, Shenandoah National Park, Rappahannock County, Va., June 19, 2006.

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.

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Grant Applications Requested – Deadline is October 1, 2014, for Education or Restoration Project Proposals

Through October 1, 2014, the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee is accepting grant applications to conduct Chesapeake Bay-related education and restoration activities during 2015.   These grants are funded by the sale of the special “Friend of the Chesapeake” license plates. For 2015, $347,740 will be awarded and the grant funds will be awarded in May-June 2015.

According to an August 29, 2014, news release from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (available online at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr/files/PR2015.pdf), “[a]pplicants should submit proposals emphasizing environmental education or restoration and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay. Grants are awarded for one year, except in special circumstances.  Applications will be accepted from private not-for-profit conservation organizations, schools and universities, and governmental agencies whose projects will affect water bodies that are located within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.   There is no limit on the amount that an applicant may request.”

More information on the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund, including the application, grant guidelines, and a catalogue of past projects can be found at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm, or by contacting the Division of Legislative Services, General Assembly Building, 201 North 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219; phone (804) 786-3591.

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Sep. 1–Sep. 15, 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.


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

9/11/14, 9 a.m.: Board of Forestry. At the Virginia Department of Forestry office, 106 Forestry Lane in Galax.

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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).

9/4/14, 11 a.m., and 9/5/14, 9 a.m.: Chesapeake Bay Commission. At Port Isobel Island Education Center, Tangier. According to the Commission’s Web site (http://www.chesbay.us/index.htm), the commission “is a tri-state legislative commission created in 1980 to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on matters of Bay-wide concern. The commission serves as the legislative arm of the multi-jurisdictional Chesapeake Bay Program (http://www.chesapeakebay.net/), and acts in an advisory capacity to [the states’] General Assemblies.” The commission has 21 members, including 15 from the legislatures of the three states, the three state natural-resource cabinet secretaries, and three citizen representatives.

9/10/14, 1 p.m.: Joint Subcommittee to Formulate Recommendations to Address Recurrent Flooding. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond.

9/15/14, 1:30 p.m.: Joint Commission on Technology and Science’s Nanosatellites Advisory Committee. At House Room C in the General Assembly Building, 9th & Broad Streets in Richmond

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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.

9/10/14, 6 p.m., on the TMDL study of aquatic life (benthic) impairments in Accotink Creek and Long Branch (Potomac River watershed) in Fairfax County. At Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road in Burke.

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(topics listed alphabetically)

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.

9/4/14, 5 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., modify a Virginia Pollution Abatement permit for applying biosolids to 923 acres in Nottoway County. At the Crewe Town Library, 400 Tyler Street in Crewe.

Energy – Solar
9/5/14, 2 p.m.: Distributed Solar Generation and Net Metering Stakeholder Group. At the Law Offices of Christian and Barton, 909 East Main Street in Richmond. This group is advising the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality in the study of the costs and benefits of distributed solar generation and net metering. These terms refer, respectively, to the generation of electricity by solar facilities on households, etc., and not owned or operated by electric-utility companies; and to the practice of utilities metering, and giving credit for, how much electricity such facilities generate and return to the conventional electrical-transmission grid.

Fort Monroe
9/11/14, 1 p.m.: Fort Monroe Authority Finance Committee. At 151 Bernard Road in Fort Monroe. In 2011, the Virginia General Assembly (Senate Bill 1400) established the Fort Monroe Authority to manage the historic areas of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort—at the confluence of Hampton Roads with the Chesapeake Bay—after the federal government closed its military facilities there. Fort Monroe had been a U.S. military base since 1836. In 2011, the area was designated as Fort Monroe National Monument (http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm). More information about Fort Monroe and the Authority is available online at http://www.fmauthority.com/.

Land and Watershed Management
9/10/14, 11 a.m.: Department of Taxation’s Land Evaluation Advisory Council. At the Department of Forestry, 900 Natural Resources in Charlottesville. According to the Virginia Code, Sec. 58.1-3829, the “Advisory Council shall determine and publish a range of suggested values for each of the several soil conservation service land capability classifications for agricultural, horticultural, forest and open space uses in the various areas of the Commonwealth….” Those values are used in assessing properties that qualify for use-value taxation in those land classifications.

Mining and Mined Land Reclamation
9/10/14, 9:30 a.m.: Abandoned Mine Land Advisory Committee. At the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County).

9/12/14, 8:30 a.m.: Six Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) informal hearings on violations or cessation orders. At the DMME office, 3405 Mountain Empire Road in Big Stone Gap (Wise County). Click on the numbers below to go to Regulatory Town Hall information for each particular meeting:
1—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001189 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

2—On Fact of Violation for Cessation Order LJJ0001150 for Airway Resources. The mine site is 2 miles northeast of Appalachia at Kelly View in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

3—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001169 for Meg-Lynn Land Company, Inc. The mine site is 0.3 mile northeast of Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

4—On Fact of Violation for Notice of Violation LJJ0001156 for Ambrose Branch Coal Company, Inc. The mine site is 8 miles northwest of Blackwood on Roaring Fork in Wise County, in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

5—On Notices of Violation JRJ0001493, JRJ0001651, LJJ0001185, LJJ0001175, STJ0009114, JKC0001016, JKC0001015, DXB0009268, DXB0009260, RDS0010464, RDS0010442, RDS0010444, CEV0009197 and CEV0009212, plus Cessation Order RDS0010465, for A & G Coal Corporation.  Several mine locations are involved, all located in Lee County or Wise County and all in the Powell River/Upper Tennessee River basin.

6—On Notices of Violation STJ0009135, STJ0009137, STJ0009144, JRJ0001656, STJ0001659, STJ0009128, STJ0009130, and STJ0009132 for Virginia Fuels Corporation. The Regulatory Town Hall notice did not specify the mine site(s), as of 8/29/14.

9/15/14, 5 p.m.: Virginia Port Authority Executive Committee. At 600 World Trade Center, 101 West Main Street in Norfolk. Also on that day at the same location, the Port Authority’s e Growth and Operations Committee will meet at 2 p.m., and the Finance and Audit Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m.

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/.

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.


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).

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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.


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.