Quick Guide to Virginia Water-related Events – October 24, 2014 Edition

Boats and crews 2 Batteau Fest Jun15 2013

One of Virginia’s most distinctive water-related events: the annual James River Batteau Festival, launched 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.

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.

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. 8, 2014, Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Va.: Virginia Citizens for Water Quality Summit.  More information: http://vcwq.wordpress.com/.

Nov. 19-22, 2014, Roanoke: Virginia Association of Science Teachers annual meeting.  More information: http://www.vast.org/annual-pdi.html.

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.

Nov. 20, 2014, Charlottesville: Evaluating and Conserving Natural Assets: Planning for Green Infrastructure in the Developing and Urban Landscape.  Organized by the Green Infrastructure Center, a non-profit organization located in Charlottesville (online at http://www.gicinc.org/index.htm).  This workshop will include presentations and hands-on exercises working with maps.  No GIS knowledge is required to participate.  More information and registration: http://www.gicinc.org/events.htm, e-mail gicworkshop@gmail.com, or phone the Center at (434) 244-0322.

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.

Jan. 13-14, 2015, Frederick, Md.: Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay.  Organized by Bay Journal, the Chesapeake Research Consortium, and Hood College.  More information: http://www.bayjournal.com/growthconference; phone (Bay Journal) (717) 428-2819.

Feb. 2015 (date not yet determined, as of 10/24/14) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Daniel Technology Center, Germanna Community College, Culpeper: 12th Annual Woods and Wildlife Conference.  Organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension.  Designed both for landowners large or small, new or experienced.  More information: http://www.forestupdate.frec.vt.edu/landownerprograms/workshops/woods-and-wildlife/index.html; Adam Downing, phone (540) 948-6881 or adowning@vt.edu.

Mar. 9-10, 2015, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Richmond-Midlothian: Virginia Water Conference 2015.  Organized by the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.  More information: http://www.vlwa.org.

Mar. 17, 2015, 9:45 a.m., statewide: Tornado Drill.  Coordinated by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.  Learn more about tornado safety and how to hold a drill at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/tornadoes.

Mar. 22, every year, everywhere: World Water Day. The annual worldwide event designated by the United Nations since 1993.  More information on the history of the event and the observances and activities for this year is available at the World Water Day Web site: http://www.worldwaterday.org/.  March 22 also starts the annual World Water Monitoring Day period, running through the officially observed day of September 18 and ending December 31 (see below, Sep. 18).  More information on World Water Monitoring Day is available at http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/About.aspx.

Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2015, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington: 25th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium.  Organized by the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics.  More information: http://www.vmi.edu/environmentva.

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

Virginia Water-related Government Meetings for Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 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
10/28/14, 9:30 a.m.: Marine Resources Commission. At 2600 Washington Avenue in Newport News.

11/6/14, 9:30 a.m.: Virginia Outdoors Foundation. At the Department of Conservation and Recreation, 600 East Main Street 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).

11/6/14 (agenda here; opens as PDF), 8:30 a.m. (continues 11/7/14): Chesapeake Bay Commission.  At Genetti Hotel, 200 West 4th Street, Williamsport, Penn.  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.

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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.

10/28/14, 6 p.m.: On the TMDL implementation plan for bacteria impairments in Buffalo Creek (North and South Forks), Cedar Creek, and Colliers Creek watersheds, and for aquatic life (benthic) impairment in Collier Creek (all in the James River basin), in Rockbridge County. At Natural Bridge Hotel, 15 Appledore Lane in Natural Bridge.

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MEETINGS ON OTHER SPECIFIC TOPICS
(topics listed alphabetically)

Biosolids (Treated Wastewater Sludge) Land-application Permit Requests
10/29/14, 7 p.m.: On the permit application by Recyc Systems, Inc., of Remington, Va., to land-apply biosolids to 4440 acres in Lunenburg County.  At Lunenburg Middle School Cafeteria, 583 Tomlinson Road in Victoria. The public comment runs 9/24/14 to 11/13/14.

Infrastructure Construction Funding
11/6/14, 9 a.m.: Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative Subcommittee. At McGuire Woods, One James Center, 901 East Cary Street in Richmond.

Stormwater
10/29/14, 10 a.m.: Stormwater Best Management Practices Clearinghouse Committee. At the Henrico County Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road in Henrico. The Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) Clearinghouse is a Web site on design standards and specifications of stormwater BMPs in Virginia.  The Clearinghouse Committee advises the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the State Water Control Board. More information about the Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Committee is available at http://www.vwrrc.vt.edu/swc/. The DEQ’s Web page for the Virginia Stormwater Management Program is http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/StormwaterManagement.aspx.

Water Quality Regulations and Standards
11/3/14, 9:30 a.m.: Advisory Group on the Virginia Water Protection Permit (VWP) Regulation. At the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road in Glen Allen. The advisory group is assisting the DEQ and State Water Control Board in development of possible amendments to this regulation (Virginia Administrative Code section is 9 VAC 25-210). This meeting’s topic is surface water withdrawals. More information about the proposed regulatory action is available online at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewchapter.cfm?chapterid=1893.

River Basin Coordination Case Studies Examined in September 2014 Issue of Water Resources Impact, from the American Water Resources Association

The September 2014 issue of Water Resources Impact, published by the American Water Resources Association (AWRA, headquartered in Middleburg, Va.), presents case studies of regional coordination and management of water supply, water quality, flood management, watershed management, and other issues in six major river basins: the Delaware, Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, Colorado, and Columbia.  (Virginia in part of the basins of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers.)  The publication is available online at http://www.awra.org/impact/; or contact AWRA at P.O. Box 1626, Middleburg, VA 20118-8390; (540) 687-8390; info@awra.org.

River basin coordination cover

Cover of the September 2014 issue of Water Resources Impact, American Water Resources Association; accessed online at http://www.awra.org/impact/, 10/24/14.

Water in Virginia State Government News Releases for Oct.15—Oct. 23, 2014: Agricultural Export Deal with China, DGIF HQ Move, Shellfish Training Dates in December 2014

Following are titles and short excerpts from water-related or land-use-related Virginia state government news releases between October 15 and October 23, 2014 (as of about 3 p.m. on the 23rd).  To access the full text of any release, click on the release title or (if that link doesn’t work) click on the Web address beside each agency name to go to that agency’s archive of releases.

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE – https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Biotech Agricultural Export Deal to China, 10/21/14.  Excerpt: Agrivita Biogroup, Inc., has reached new export deals of animal feed additives to Chinese importers. Agrivita is a Richmond-based company that specializes in bio-science and animal nutrition, health, and performance….”

DEPT. OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION – http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/pr_relz.shtml#prarch
None related to water during this period.

DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY – http://www.deq.virginia.gov/ConnectWithDEQ/NewsReleases.aspx
None related to water during this period.

DEPT. OF FORESTRY – http://www.dof.virginia.gov/news/releases/index.htm
None related to water during this period.

DEPT. OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES - http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/news/
DGIF Headquarters to Move Early Next Year, 10/17/14.  Excerpt: The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)…will relocate its headquarters from Richmond City to Henrico County, near the intersection of I-95 and Parham Road.  The new location is part of an 89,000-square-foot office building located on 9 acres at 7870 Villa Park Drive.”

DEPT. OF HEALTHhttp://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/PressReleases/2014/index.htm
None related to water during this period.

MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION – http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/whatsnew.shtm
Final in-person shellfish training dates announced, (opens as PDF), 10/15/14.  Excerpt: The final dates in 2014 are December 8 in Warsaw, December 10 in Melfa, and December 12 in Gloucester Point. “The National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines now require training and education programs for all shellfish harvesters and certified dealers.  This training program is currently being implemented in Virginia and is now required for all 2015 shellfish permits and licenses with Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Division of Shellfish Sanitation (DSS).  The training is free and will be required every two years in Virginia. Completion of the training is a prerequisite for licensing.  The intent is to increase the awareness of temperature control and food handling practices for shellfish to minimize growth of Vibrio bacteria.

DEPT. OF MINES, MINERALS AND ENERGY – http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DMME/Newsroom.shtml
None related to water during this period.

Climate-change Adaptation Plans by States Available in Online Tool Released in October 2014 by the Georgetown Climate Center

In October 2014, the Georgetown Climate Center, based at the Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C., released an online tool for learning about what states are doing to adapt to the impacts of climate change, including the risks posed by rising sea levels for coastal states like Virginia.  The “State Adaptation Progress Tracker” is available online at http://www.georgetownclimate.org/adaptation/state-and-local-plans.

For an overview of the tool, see the Center’s 10/9/14 news release, online at http://www.georgetownclimate.org/find-out-which-us-states-are-making-progress-in-preparing-for-climate-change.

You can contact the Center at Georgetown Law, 600 New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC 20001; phone (202) 661-6566; e-mail: climate@law.georgetown.edu; Web site home page: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending October 21, 2014

Below are images showing precipitation in the southeastern United States and stream flow in Virginia over the seven-day period ending October 21, 2014. The Virginia Water Resources Research Center thanks the agencies mentioned below for providing precipitation and stream-flow information and images. For monthly reviews of precipitation, stream flow, and drought, please see the News Grouper posts available at this link: http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Monthly+Water+Status.

Precipitation

The following 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).  The maps were accessed on 10/22/14 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. As of 10/22/14, these data are provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).

Precip Oct21

Precip perc Oct 21

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. As an example, shown below is the map of one-day precipitation ending at 8 a.m. EDT on October 22, 2014.
precip noaa

Stream Flow

Average Virginia stream flow over week ending October 21, 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 10/22/14). 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 Oct 21

 

On Virginia Water Radio for 10-20-14: Water and the Circulatory System

This week, Virginia Water Radio examines the connections between water and the human circulatory system.  Click here to have a listen (3 min./20 sec.)

Blood plasma from Raflo platelets donation Oct19 2014

Blood plasma, shown here from a platelets donation, is a solution of about 90 percent water with many dissolved biochemicals.

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.