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
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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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).
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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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.
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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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(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.
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.
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/.