Potential Natural Gas Drilling and Transport in Virginia under Close Scrutiny in 2014; Update as of 10-31-14

As of late-October 2014, here’s an overview of recent developments regarding the extraction or transport of natural gas in Virginia.

DRILLING: The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is continuing its process of reviewing the Commonwealth’s regulations on the hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling methods of extracting gas and oil from shales and other geologic formations.  September 24, 2014, was the date of the fifth and most recent (as of 10/15/14) meeting (the first was in June 2014) of a Regulatory Advisory Board assembled to help DMME review and make recommendations about current regulations; information about that panel is available at this link: http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/DGO/RegulatoryAction.shtml.  DMME online information about the proposed regulation is available from Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewStage.cfm?stageid=6829; see particularly the “Agency Statement” link, which takes you to the 12/4/13 Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) describing the proposed action’s purpose, issues, and legal basis.  In that online information, the DMME states that “hydraulic fracturing has been used safely in Virginia since the 1960s, [but that] DMME believes expanding disclosure of ingredients used in well stimulation and completion is an appropriate and necessary safeguard for the citizens of the Commonwealth.  There is also a need to ensure that the regulation appropriately reflects current industry best practices, as the use of technology such as horizontal drilling has expanded considerably in recent years.”

As of mid-2014, natural-gas extraction in Virginia occurs only in the southwestern coalfields region.  But in 2010 to 2012, a gas-drilling operation was proposed in an area of Rockingham County that overlies the large Marcellus shale formation, the source of greatly expanded gas-drilling operations in recent years in the mid-Atlantic region, particularly in Pennsylvania and West Virginia; that proposal did not receive necessary local permits.   (For a compilation of news stories and information resources since 2011 on natural gas activities in the Marcellus shale region, please see the Water Central News Grouper items at this link: http://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/category/marcellus/.)

Then, in 2013-14, Shore Oil and Exploration Corporation acquired gas-drilling leases in five counties on Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula that overlie the Taylorsville basin formation.

And the U.S. Forest Service has been considering how to address natural-gas drilling in the current revision of the strategic plan for the George Washington National Forest, which covers a large area of western Virginia (information on the planning process for the GW National Forest is available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/land/gwj/landmanagement).

PIPELINES FOR GAS TRANSPORT: Also in 2014, transport of natural gas through the Commonwealth became a high-profile and controversial issue with the proposal of several new pipelines.

1) EQT Corporation of Pennsylvania and NextEra Energy of Florida–collaborating to form Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC–have proposed the approximately 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline from West Virginia to a connection at Chatham, in Pittsylvania County, Va., with the existing Transcontinental, or Transco, pipeline, which runs from Texas to New York.  As of October 2014, the exact route was still to be determined and proposed, but it was expected to include five Virginia counties: Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Franklin, and Pittsylvania. On October 27, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC submitted a request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the agency to begin review of that proposed pipeline project.  The FERC docket number is PF15-3; access to project documents and a place for public comments on the proposal are available online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ferconline.asp.

2) Dominion Resources and several partners have proposed the approximately 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline from West Virginia through central Virginia to North Carolina.

3) Spectra Energy of Houston had been evaluating a proposal for a pipeline from Pennsylvania through central Virginia to North Carolina, but in August 2014 the company confirmed that it has suspended work on that proposal for the time being.

4) In September 2014 the Williams Company, headquartered in Oklahoma, announced that it is seeking customers for its proposed Western Marcellus Pipeline, which would run from Oak Grove, West Virginia, to Chatham, Va.; at Chatham, the pipeline would connect with the Transco pipeline, which Williams operates. As of late October, the company had not yet provided a detailed map of its proposed route.

The Mountain Valley and Dominion proposals have received support from Va. Gov. Terry McCauliffe, but they are the subject of widespread public reaction, concern, and comment regarding their route and their connection to hydraulic fracturing and fossil-fuel use in general.

Sources for this post: Western Marcellus Pipeline is 3rd seeking passage through Va., Roanoke Times, 10/30/14.  Pipeline company moves to initiate federal review of proposal, Roanoke Times, 10/28/14.  Governor McAuliffe, Dominion CEO Tom Farrell and Virginia Natural Gas Chairman Hank Linginfelter to Announce Economic Impacts of Atlantic Coast Pipeline for Virginia, 9/2/14.  Natural gas pipeline plan riles Floyd County, Roanoke Times, 8/14/14.  Large crowd on hand for Nelson pipeline meeting; Spectra project on hold, Charlottesville Daily Progress, 8/12/14.  Panel to review Virginia oil and gas regulations, Bay Journal, 6/3/14.  With natural gas drilling possibly shifting to eastern Va., state looks anew at regulations, Associated Press, as published by Greenfield [Indiana] Daily Reporter, 5/31/14.

Additional news stories about natural-gas drilling or transport in Virginia, since December 2013 (from most recent to oldest; all hyperlinks were functional as of the date(s) they were added to this post, but they may not be at later times).

Dominion starts making adjustments to pipeline route, Waynesboro News Virginian, 10/24/14. [As of October 24, 2014, Dominion Resources had sent letters to owners of over 3300 properties in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, asking permission to survey land for the potential Atlantic Coast pipeline.]

Pipeline opponents launch monitoring project [plan by Alleghany-Blue Ridge Alliance of groups in Virginia and West Virginia, for monitoring construction of proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, if it ultimately goes forward], Waynesboro News Virginian, 10/22/14.

Franklin County residents grill company officials about pipeline project [at 10/21/14 public meeting in Rocky Mount], Roanoke Times, 10/21/14.

Montgomery County supervisors comment on pipeline after hearing from large crowd, Roanoke Times, 10/15/14.

Petition drive against pipeline to go to McAuliffe, Waynesboro News-Virginian, 10/14/14 [petition drive by Augusta County, Va., Alliance].

Landowners state their case on fracking, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 10/11/14 [interviews with landowners—one each in Caroline, Essex, King George, King and Queen and Westmoreland counties in Virginia—who have agreed to lease property for natural gas wells].

New route for [Mountain Valley] gas pipeline avoids Floyd County, passes through Roanoke County, Roanoke Times, 10/7/14.

Partner in Mountain Valley Pipeline faces criminal charges in Pa., Roanoke Times, 10/6/14.

Opinion: Virginia must carefully consider fracking issues, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/2/14 [Virginia chapter of Sierra Club is advocating that Virginia not issue any new gas-drilling permits “until a Virginia-specific study has been completed and strong regulations addressing risks have been put in place”].

McAuliffe defends pipeline support at climate-change meeting, Washington Post, 9/10/14.

Anti-pipeline groups form coalition, Waynesboro News-Virginian, 9/11/14 [22 groups join to form Alleghany-Blue Ridge Alliance in opposition to Atlantic Coast Pipeline project].

Washington County supervisors vote 6-1 to allow natural gas drilling, Bristol Herald-Courier, 9/10/14.

Fracking takes center stage with panel at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw, Northern Neck News, 9/4/14 [very detailed version of forum on natural gas].

Pipeline: pro and con, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/2/14 [Responses to Va. Gov. Terry McCauliffe’s announcement about Atlantic Coast Pipeline].

Natural gas pipeline plan riles Floyd County, Roanoke Times, 8/14/14.

Drilling company official says no rush on fracking [King George County, Va.]; Regional fracking discussion set Sep. 3 [at Rappahannock Community College in Warsaw, Va.], Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 8/9/14.

Drilling, fracking controversial for Va., Hampton Roads [Virginia Conservation Network public meeting on hydraulic fracturing in Virginia Beach], Daily Press, 7/30/14.

Webinar will detail fracking in Virginia [held online July 9, 2014, by Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, sponsored by Virginia Master Naturalist program], Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 7/7/14.

Fracking pros, cons debated, [at town-hall meeting, attended by some 160 people, at in King George County, Va., on 6/12/14. Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 6/13/14.

Advisory panel on fracking calls for full disclosure on chemicals, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 6/4/14.

Fracking workshop includes DEQ and DMME [workshop held 5/8/14 by VACO in Hanover County, Va.], Westmoreland News, 5/12/14

Local citizens tackle issue of fracking, Northern Neck News, 5/7/14.

Oil and gas leases in bay region spark debate, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/19/14.

State is revising drilling guidelines, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 3/21/14.

Potomac Watershed Roundtable Considers Fracking in the Taylorsville Basin, Bay Journal, 4/8/14.

Fracking worries arise at conservation forum in city, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 3/17/14.

Land trust may change policy on gas drilling, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 3/13/14.

“A lot of fear” about fracking, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 3/9/14.

Local officials dig into fracking, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 3/8/14.

Virginia tidewater fracking bill modified to increase oversight of fracking, but stops short of ban; SB 48 has moved from committee to full state senate with significant modifications, Bay Journal, 2/4/14.

Fracking in George Washington National Forest could threaten D.C. area drinking water, Washington Post, 2/1/14.

Proposed fracking in Virginia meets broad opposition, Associated Press, as published in Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/27/14.

[King George County] to study up on fracking issue, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 1/20/14.

Fracking prompts water worries, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 1/10/14.

Fracking impact weighed in area, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, 12/12/13.

VA Tidewater communities educating themselves on fracking issues; Taylorsville Basin’s shale oil deposits raising interest, concerns, Bay Journal, 12/5/13.

Virginia Precipitation and Stream Flow for the 7-day Period Ending October 28, 2014

Below are images showing precipitation in the southeastern United States and stream flow in Virginia over the seven-day period ending October 28, 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.


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 10/29/14 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 10/29/14, these data are provisional (needing to be verified for accuracy and subject to possible revision).

precip Oct 28

precip perc Oct 28

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 29, 2014.
NHPC rainfall map oct 29


Stream Flow

Average Virginia stream flow over week ending October 28, 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 10/29/14). 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 28

Plans for Handling of Medical Waste if Virginia Experiences an Ebola Case Described in 10/24/14 Richmond Times-Dispatch Article; plus Link to More Information on Medical Waste Regulations in Virginia

Proper disposal of medical waste is always important but is particularly crucial–and more complicated–in the case of the highly infectious Ebola virus, because health-care workers must wear extensive, one-time-use protective gear.  A 10/24/14 Richmond Times Dispatch article,  Getting rid of medical waste if there is an Ebola case is complicated, describes some of the waste-handling and disposal procedures that would be required if Virginia were to experience an Ebola case.

More information on management of regulated medical waste in Virginia is available from the Department of Environmental Quality Web site at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/SolidHazardousWasteRegulatoryPrograms/MedicalWaste.aspx.

More information on the Ebola virus generally is available from the Virginia Department of Health’s Web site at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/ebola/index.htm.

Increased Use of Natural Gas through 2050 and Potential Impacts on Climate Change Modeled in Study Published in the Journal “Nature” in October 2014

In October 2014, the scientific journal Nature published “Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas” (Vol. 514, Oct. 23, 2014, pages 482–485).  Led by Haewon McJeon of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (http://www.pnnl.gov/), the study compared five computer-model simulations of the possible climate-change impacts of increased natural gas use through 2050.  The study’s simulations project an increase in natural gas of about 170 percent by 2050, but the impacts of greenhouse-gas emissions were projected to range from a decrease of about 2 percent an increase of about 11 percent, assuming no change in current policies related to emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

The authors state (p. 483) that “[t]he core finding of this research is that increases in unconventional gas supply in the energy market could substantially change the global energy system over the decades ahead without producing commensurate changes in emissions….”  They conclude (p. 485) that their “analysis focused solely on the potential of abundant gas to affect greenhouse gas emissions in the absence of greenhouse gas mitigation policies beyond those already in effect.  The interaction between abundant natural gas and greenhouse gas mitigations policies is another issue in need of further examination.  Finally, we note that the global deployment of improved natural gas extraction technology carries implications not only for climate change, but also for many other important concerns including air and water quality, energy security, access to modern energy, and economic growth.”

The article is available online at http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v514/n7523/full/nature13837.html, but a subscription is required for access. Nature is available in print or online at many public and college/university libraries.  The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s October 15, 2014, news release about the study is available online at http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=3166.

On Virginia Water Radio for 10-27-14: Bugs, True Bugs, and Aquatic True Bugs

This week, Virginia Water Radio explores the “truth” about “bugs.”  Click here to have a listen (3 min./20 sec.)

INSECTS - Hokie Bugfest Oct11 2014 Giant Water Bug and other non-bugs at Eric Day display

Giant water bug specimen (lower right of box) at 2014 Hokie Bugfest in Blacksburg, Va.

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.

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.


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.

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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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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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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(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.

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.